Brisbane great Simon Black has admitted he could not see Mitch Robinson as a future Lions captain when the ex-Carlton midfielder first lobbed at the AFL club.
However, midfield coach Black believes the once outspoken Robinson had earned the honour of leading the Lions in their NAB Challenge pre-season clash against Gold Coast at Burpengary on Sunday.
Black said Robinson had undergone a dramatic transformation since the once controversial midfielder was delisted by Carlton at the end of 2014.
Asked if he thought Robinson would ever captain Brisbane even for a game, Black said: “Probably not.
“But his application and dedication to the club the last 12 months has been nothing but fantastic.
“He’s changed his reputation in the footy world the way he has gone about it.”
Robinson will lead a young Lions outfit on the Sunshine Coast featuring No.2 draft pick Josh Schache and other 2015 draftees Ben Keays, Eric Hipwood, Reuben William and Rhys Mathieson who will make their debut.