Lions coach admits AFL end may be near

Brisbane coach Justin Leppitsch admits Sunday’s clash with St Kilda could be his last at the helm of the AFL club but he insists he’s not thinking about it.

Leppitsch’s future remains in doubt after he gave a presentation to the club’s board during the week as part of an end-of-season review at the Lions.

The Lions have won just three matches in 2016 in a disappointing campaign, with only weakened, bottom-placed Essendon stopping them getting the wooden spoon.

Leppitsch conceded the Saints’ clash could be his last as Lions coach but he was keeping a positive frame of mind.

“It could be, everyone knows that, but I’m not thinking about it like that, that’s for sure,” Leppitsch said.

“For me it’s out there to go and beat the Saints.

“We’ve had a couple of good weeks, continue on that path.”

Leppitsch said despite the presentation to the board and his team’s underwhelming form, he’d not felt any unease about his future during the week.

He said his presentation was simply about outlining where the club was at and where he believed he could take them.

The former Lions’ premiership defender admitted recruitment in the off-season would be crucial but said finding the right players was hard.

“There’s only one Paddy Dangerfield a year that comes out,” he said.

“I know there’s a couple down the road that are leaving in (Dion) Prestia and (Jaeger) O’Meara, but they’re probably the two big ones this year.

“There’s no key defenders. The easy thing to say is go and get one, but it doesn’t happen that easy.

“I’ll stop working the moment I get told to stop working. Other than that I’m full steam ahead.”

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