Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan talks to his players during their round-one game against the Gold Coast Suns at Metricon Stadium.
Brisbane Lions coach Chris Fagan talks to his players during their round-one game against the Gold Coast Suns at Metricon Stadium. DAN PELED

How a change of training times has re-energised Lions

AFL: Could a simple change in training time bring a change of fortunes for Brisbane this year?

New coach Chris Fagan revamped the training schedule over summer to include more evening training sessions rather than mornings and believes it is bringing big benefits.

"That was a bit of advice that Leigh Matthews gave me when I turned up,” Fagan said on SEN radio yesterday of the move.

"He goes 'I just don't understand why they train at 10am, it's the hottest part of the day'. He said 'you'll never get me to come down and watch training at that hour'. So I thought I'd better change.

"His advice was correct. When you hit about 5, 5.30(pm) the sun goes down, there's a little bit of a breeze come through and it's pretty nice down here at that point in time.

"So what we did, we still trained one morning a week during the pre-season but the other two nights we trained at 5, 5.30.

"What we found (was) the boys were able to train for two hours rather than being cooked after 45 minutes in the heat. So it's been a good change.”

Brisbane finished 17th last year with three wins but overcame Gold Coast by two points in round one on Saturday night, Fagan's first match in charge.

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