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Lions reward Fagan with two more years

Brisbane coach Chris Fagan has earned a two-year contract extension

CHRIS Fagan will be Brisbane’s coach until the end of 2021 after signing a two-year contract extension.

Fagan replaced Justin Leppitsch at the end of 2016 and still had a year to run on his contract before the Lions gave him the new deal.

Under his tutelage, Brisbane has gone from a virtual laughing stock to a club widely recognised as being on the right track towards finals.

Despite winning just five games in each of his two years, Fagan has helped lift the Lions’ percentage from 62 in 2016 to 74 last season and currently 90 this year.

Above all else he has been a major influence in developing an environment where young players – previously so eager to leave – have wanted to commit long-term.

“For the club to give me the opportunity to go on for a couple more years after the end of next year is really exciting,” Fagan said.

“I feel like by that time we should be a really strong, highly respected club.

“I feel like we’ve made our club a good place to be, where players are improving as people as well as footballers.

“The core task of the job is to develop a group of men into a team and also to develop them individually as footballers and as people.

“I love that part of it. When you see growth in people and you see them grow in confidence and belief, that’s what gives you the real buzz to come to work.”