Lock kept on leadership group

THE name Marc Lock is not a household name amongst the football fraternity.

But it is his shoes that new Gold Coast Suns captain Gary Ablett will be filling when he leads the Suns into battle in their inaugural season in the AFL.

Lock, from Terranora, has been the captain of the Gold Coast since day one; leading them through a season in the TAC Cup and also one season in the VFL.

With the influx of AFL experience into the club through uncontracted player signings and trades, Lock was acutely aware that the chances of him remaining skipper were slim.

However, he was delighted to be named yesterday as one of the eight ‘leaders of the club’ after player voting was conducted.

“To be part of this club, and where it has come from, and to have Gary (Ablett) as captain and the other two boys (Nathan Bock and Campbell Brown) as vice captain and deputy vice captain is great for the club moving forward,” Lock said.

Lock was looking forward to being able to develop his leadership skills even further by learning from the three experienced players. “To have these boys as the three leaders of your club, there wouldn’t be any three better players to learn off I wouldn’t think in the AFL,” he said.

“To learn from them and hopefully stick around this leadership group for a couple of years to learn a fair bit off these blokes.”

With such an influx of new players to the club, Lock said that the experienced players had no problems coming to the younger guys who have been at the club since day one to sponge information on the culture and the values of the club.

“It has happened already, the (new players) wanting to know how things work and how certain boys react to things,” he said.

“They will bring what they have learnt from other clubs as well.”

While there is plenty of hype surrounding the new club’s emergence Lock said the players just want to get on the field.

“The boys are just itching to go already,” he said.

“We have had a couple of 30-minute games and the boys have just been rearing into it. They are just ready to go.”

Lock will be part of the side that lines up against Sydney at Blacktown Olympic Park on February 19 in the NAB Cup.

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