Brisbane coach Chris Fagan has played down talk of his side playing finals, but says it’s been great for the club to have some success so far this season.
After finishing 15th in 2018 with only five wins, the Lions are sitting third on the ladder with a record of 11-5 with six rounds remaining.
Speaking on SEN Breakfast, Fagan reaffirmed his belief the Lions need a few more wins under the belt to start to truly believe in finals footy in 2019.
“If you want to play finals you probably have to win 13 games to make it a certainty and we haven’t done that yet,” he said.
“We’ll probably just keep our heads down and keep going to work.”
However, Fagan did point out how happy he is for the club and some of the veterans to experience this season's highs after a tough few years.
“It’s pretty exciting around the footy club… after many years of struggle,” he added.
“Particularly (happy) for guys like Daniel Rich, Stef Martin and Dayne Zorko, those blokes have been around the club for a while and just for them to feel what it’s like to be up there and competitive is pretty exciting.”
Fagan confirmed the Lions will welcome Eric Hipwood, Luke Hodge and Hugh McCluggage back into the side when they host North Melbourne on Saturday night at the Gabba.
Fagan said further: “It’ll be a big game tomorrow night. It’ll be on I reckon.”