Lions defends Hodge signing
Struggling Brisbane Lions have no regrets about signing veteran Luke Hodge, insists CEO Greg Swann.
The two-time Norm Smith Medallist copped criticism from St Kilda legend Danny Frawley after the Lions' 93-point thrashing at the hands of Richmond at the weekend.
Frawley said that opposition teams are exploiting Hodge's defensive weakness, but the 33-year-old has been defended by Swann.
Hodge, who won four premierships with Hawthorn before crossing to the Lions at the end of last season, had made a huge contribution on and off the field in his first few months at the club.
"On the weekend we had a bad game, but I think the three weeks before that, Luke has been one our better players, and he did have a few (team-mates) on the weekend that weren't very good," said Swann. "I think that body of work he's put forward last month, I think he's more than held his own.
"We just think he adds so much more than being a player, (so) we have no regrets and don't think he should sit in the grandstand."
Swann said criticism of Hodge's perceived defensive weakness didn't stand up to scrutiny. Out of nine one-on-one contests so far this season he had won seven, and only three of the 60 goals the Lions had conceded had come from Hodge's direct opponent.
The Lions have lost their first four games of the season but are above bottom side Carlton on percentage.
Swann, when asked whether Hodge was due for a rest after playing the first four rounds, said the player's body was feeling great and he would rest when required.
Brisbane are 3/4 to win their next game against Gold Coast, who are 11/10. The Lions are 93/100 conceding a 3.5-point start.
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