Brisbane Lions player Simon Black training with reserve team member Nick Hayes before in preparation for the Reserves Anzac Day match at Harrup Park. Photo Lee Constable / Daily Mercury
Brisbane Lions player Simon Black training with reserve team member Nick Hayes before in preparation for the Reserves Anzac Day match at Harrup Park. Photo Lee Constable / Daily Mercury Lee Constable

Talented trio of veteran Lions players to face Geelong

A DECADE on from the historic three-peat win against Collingwood in the 2003 grand final, just three players from that Lions team will run out against Geelong at the Gabba on Sunday.

The trio include future Hall of Famers Jonathan Brown and Simon Black, and unsung hero Ash McGrath who will play his 200th game for the club.

McGrath, contracted until the end of next season, said he was keen to play on past that, convinced the club had a group of young players capable of launching another premiership assault within the next two or three years.

"I feel like I've got another two or three years left in me, so it'll come down to the direction the club's going and if the coaches see me still in the team," the 30-year-old said.

"If I play the following year (2015) I'll be 32 - we'll see where the mind is mentally and the body is physically.

"You never know, as you've seen with a few other teams you can go from the bottom eight to the top eight pretty quickly. It just takes a good pre-season and things to fall your way."

McGrath was one of Brisbane's best forwards last week against Fremantle, kicking 2.3, but can just as easily play in defence.



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