Brisbane Lions / Dayne Zorko raises hand for All-Australian selection

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Dayne Zorko raises hand for All-Australian selection

Written by Justin Keane (@justinkeane92) on 22 July 2017

The current form of Brisbane Lions midfielder Dayne Zorko has been scintillating.

The Broadbeach product has racked up career best numbers this season, averaging 26 disposals and 117 AFL fantasy points.

Drafted at a mature age and traded by the Suns for pick 34 in 2011, the live wire, also known as ‘the magician’, has been a real joy to watch for Lions fans.     

His real damage is in his long kicks and run and carry with the ball, currently ranking him 3rd in the league for meters gained.

This trademark of his game has seen him nominated for goal of the year, with an industrious effort against Geelong in round 16 seeing the Lions open their account for the night.  

His tackle numbers are just as impressive, ranking him 2nd overall and showing his desire for the contest.

Despite the stats, Zorko himself is not sold on his developing tag of elite status.

He insists he can still improve as the young squad around him will.

“I know what I bring to the party every week, and it’s kind of helped my form,” said Zorko

“To slowly chip away at it, I think that’ s great.  

“I’ve got plenty of growth areas…I’m still striving to get that perfect game, as we are as a team,” he said.

Modesty aside, it’s hard to play down his displays recently.

His form in the second half of the year - highlighted by hauls of 36 disposals and four goals against Geelong and 32 disposals and two goals against Port Adelaide – has him mentioned in the All-Australian discussion.   

The only question still looming over him is how he will deal with an opposition tag.

In round 14, Zorko was kept to just five disposals after being identified by Leon Cameron and the Giants as the Lions driving force.

However, all good players deal with this at stages, and it’s something Zorko can and will have to learn to overcome.    

Zorko has kicked 25 goals and had 120 score involvements – ranked 9th – to show his worth as an effective small forward option.

His ability to score also gives AA selectors the option of naming him as a half forward flanker.  

These numbers read even more impressively for someone playing in the bottom placed side in the competition.

The Lions have some winnable games coming up in the back end of the season and give further opportunity for the magician to make a statement.

If he can maintain this form for the remaining seven games and deal with an opposition tag, then the battling club could have its first AA since Tom Rockliff in 2014.