AFL premiership with Zorko on top of Rich list
“But it’s definitely something I’d love to be a part of.”
Their journey begins on Saturday, away to Port Adelaide, where former skipper Dayne Zorko remains a question mark as he battles a sore hamstring.
The versatile midfielder trained on Tuesday but finished the session hobbling, with ice behind his knee.
Whether he runs onto Adelaide Oval or not this weekend, Rich said Zorko remains central to their long-term goals after relinquishing the captaincy in the off-season.
“I’d love to be there one day holding up the (premiership) cup next to him with my arm around him,” Rich said.
“I know that’s thinking a long way ahead, but they’re the thoughts that can run through the back of your mind.
“He’s been a major instrument in the turnover of our footy club and one of those guys that you want to achieve it for.”
Brisbane will debut father-son draft pick Will Ashcroft in the midfield, while Western Bulldogs best and fairest Josh Dunkley will join him in his new colours.
Hawthorn forward-line recruit Jack Gunston was on light duties on Tuesday but is expected to make his club debut, while former Essendon’s Irish star Conor McKenna is a strong chance of lining up in the Lions’ defence.
Young pair Darcy Wilmot and Keidean Coleman have also emerged as serious defensive talents.
“It’s all across the board,” 2021 All-Australian Rich said of the pressure to retain his position this year.
“There’s going to be some players who play VFL that are pretty handy footballers.
“It definitely keeps you on your toes and you want to train well and play well.”