Toast Where will Zorko be regarded among Lions greats?

Where will Zorko be regarded among Lions greats once he retires?

  • Amongst the very best

    Votes: 2 7.7%
  • Club Champion

    Votes: 17 65.4%
  • Loyal servant

    Votes: 3 11.5%
  • Just another player

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Will depend on future finals performances

    Votes: 4 15.4%

  • Total voters
    26

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pulpdriver

Brownlow Medallist
Aug 17, 2009
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Great player. Watching a media vid the other day made me think about how much he's grown as a leader which lead me to wonder about his career as a whole. Late starter that had an immediate impact and has been consistently among our best players since debut. How will he be regarded when he hangs up the boots?

All-Australian and a four time best and fairest is an immense achievement for any player. Stuck it out with the club during the hard times and now leading it as a flag contender and seems hungrier for team glory more than ever. I guess some of his legacy may depend on how he and the club performs in finals at this point but curious for other's opinions.
 

X AE A12

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Jun 13, 2020
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Hope he and all the boys who have been through the mud to get where they are now taste the ultimate success. He will be captaining them and deserves to be remembered among the greats
 

martinson

Premiership Player
Apr 4, 2015
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Great player. Watching a media vid the other day made me think about how much he's grown as a leader which lead me to wonder about his career as a whole. Late starter that had an immediate impact and has been consistently among our best players since debut. How will he be regarded when he hangs up the boots?

All-Australian and a four time best and fairest is an immense achievement for any player. Stuck it out with the club during the hard times and now leading it as a flag contender and seems hungrier for team glory more than ever. I guess some of his legacy may depend on how he and the club performs in finals at this point but curious for other's opinions.
He's been a champion.

For whatever reason fans seem to be really hard on him every time he makes a misstep and has never gotten the accolades he deserved.

He's also one of those players the opposition supporters seem to pick on and hate.

It's a shame he seems to carry around a reputation for diving/staging when for someone his size he's always put his head over the ball and been a really tough resilient player. Half the Geelong team are worse stagers for free kicks.

Has to get a place in the best ever Brisbane lions team and possibly a bench spot in the alltime Fitzroy/Brisbane team with 4 b/f's.
 

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dlanod

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Sep 14, 2006
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If he captains us to a premiership he'd be one of the greats.

If he doesn't I think he'll continue to be underrated, at least in part because while he has occasionally won a game off his own boot it's been rare and only rarer now that he's deferring to Neale through the middle, along with the up and comers like McCluggage and Berry.
 

Sanchez365

Club Legend
May 9, 2011
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For as good as Zorko has been, I've never really thought of him as someone that would be up there with the best mids we have ever had, but looking at his best season (2017) vs akers brownlow winning season (2001) and his numbers hold up.

I think the main reason I dont think of him right up there is that he has always had another kid over shadowing him. Whether that was a Hanley or Rockliff or now a Neale, he probably hasn't spent a lot of time in my mind as our No 1 mid. Add onto that coming into the scene late (at 23?) And he's really just snuck under the radar. If he had gone through those years of 18-22 on our list, and racked up another 80-100 games. He would be joining our 300 club and be right on top of everyone's list.

All that said, he's currently positioned (if things go right) to be only our second premiership captain, an achievement that I think would make myself and a few others around the afl really stand up and take notice of what he's achieved.
 

Sanchez365

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May 9, 2011
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If he captains us to a premiership he'd be one of the greats.

If he doesn't I think he'll continue to be underrated, at least in part because while he has occasionally one a game off his own boot it's been rare and only rarer now that he's deferring to Neale through the middle, along with the up and comers like McCluggage and Berry.
Snaked me by 1 min you dog ;)
 

WhiteLionFeva

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Oct 19, 2011
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As others have said, at his best, up there. I would probably rank him just below our greatest in Vossy, Brown, Lynch, Aker, Lappin and Black. Neale will almost certainly make that grade, if he hasn't already.
 

jjami15

Premiership Player
Jul 16, 2011
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Alright, I can’t help it and call me out if you will. I think this is a massive overreaction. He has been there for some of our tough times granted and he has won multiple B+F’s but I think we lose sight of how truly great some of our past players were. I consider him a loyal servant who has helped us through some tough times but he can’t sit along some of the those names that are being put up as equals by some.
 

martinson

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Apr 4, 2015
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Alright, I can’t help it and call me out if you will. I think this is a massive overreaction. He has been there for some of our tough times granted and he has won multiple B+F’s but I think we lose sight of how truly great some of our past players were. I consider him a loyal servant who has helped us through some tough times but he can’t sit along some of the those names that are being put up as equals by some.
Well we were spoilt by having 8 or 9 champions in the one team weren't we jjami.

You can't tell me he wouldn't have been a champ in that team where he would've had a free rein and not have to do all the donkey work like he has in poor sides. Maybe he might have been considered a freak with that opportunity. Sometimes it's how good and consistent you are when you have to play in a poor side that's just as decent a guide as to someone's value compared to not having to worry too much if you have an off day in a team of guns.
 

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