Brisbane Lions vice-captain, Dayne Zorko will line up for his 100th game against Geelong this Sunday at the Gabba.
In his milestone game, the 27-year-old never thought the opportunity would arise when he made his debut five years ago.
“(I) Probably thought I was never going to get there five years ago when I first walked through the doors, but yeah, so grateful for the opportunity the Brisbane Lions have given me,” he said.
“To walk out for my 100th game this weekend, yeah, it’s a pretty special milestone for myself.”
Zorko, who was originally picked up by the Gold Coast Suns, was traded to the Lions in 2011 for pick 34 in the AFL’s national draft.
The gutsy midfielder kicked his 100th goal inside 100 career games on the weekend in the Lions win over Carlton, and he was happy to tick off the milestone.
“(It was) not until I got on the big screen that I realised it, but yeah, that was another awesome little milestone along the way that I guess you want to tick off as a player,” Zorko said.
Despite the milestones and the turbulent season the Lions have had, Zorko said he’s still as excited as ever to run around with the team.
“You come in everyday full of excitement, I guess it hasn’t been the ideal season for the club so in that respect, it’s probably been a bit difficult this year,” he said.
The Brisbane Lions snapped a two game losing streak against Carlton on Saturday, recording just their third win for the season.
Zorko inspired his young side on Saturday in an outstanding performance, racking up 27 disposals, three goals and 12 inside 50’s in his best performance of the year.
Following the highly publicised losses against Port Adelaide and the Adelaide Crows over the past two weeks, the Lions vice-captain said he was very proud of how the team played against Carlton.
“After having a pretty tough last two weeks against Port Adelaide and Adelaide, for the boys to come out and perform the way they did, especially in the first half was really pleasing,” he said.