Brisbane coach Chris Fagan has conceded the Lions need to execute better under the heat of finals pressure.
After finishing second in the home and away season, Brisbane exited the finals in straight sets following home defeats to eventual Grand Finalists Richmond and GWS.
While Fagan took great heart from his side’s rise from 15th in 2018 to finals the following year, performing on the big September stage is Brisbane’s next phase in their quest for premiership glory.
“What we proved last year is we can compete with the best, but what we know about the really great teams is they do that year in, year out,” Fagan told SEN Mornings.
“I certainly think the two finals that we played in last year taught us some good lessons about performing under pressure and hopefully the guys would have learnt a lot from that and come back better players next year.
“I was hopeful that we might have been able to bypass that phase … but we just made some mistakes under pressure that were out of character that were to do with the heat of finals.
“We need to raise the bar a little bit.”
Brisbane snapped up Cam Ellis-Yolmen, Grant Birchall and Callum Ah Chee during the trade period to offset the departures of Luke Hodge (retired), Lewis Taylor (Sydney) and Tom Cutler (Essendon).
Listen to Chris Fagan’s chat on SEN Mornings in the player below