Jack Redden aims to improve his kicking in a bid to become an elite midfielder
THERE'S arguably only one area holding Jack Redden back from joining the competition's elite midfielders – his kicking.
The Brisbane Lions onballer has proved since his debut against Geelong in 2009 he has the toughness, the nous, the agility, the hands and the engine to match strides with the best.
And although he is an accurate shot for goal (25.8 over the past two seasons), his field kicking has often had a question mark.
There was noticeable signs of improvement in 2012, but it's a facet of his game the 22-year-old is making a conscious effort to improve leading into the coming season.
Aside from Daniel Rich and Simon Black, the Lions are light-on for classy ball users in the middle, and Redden wants to rectify that.
"I'm not naturally a skilful player so I've got to work pretty hard on my kicking," Redden said.
"I do emphasise that and put extras into my kicking … and do a lot of one-on-one work."
The South Australian finished fourth in the best and fairest last year and topped the club's averages for tackles (third in the AFL), disposals and clearances.
He has a streak of 76 consecutive games since making his debut.
Despite his relative seniority in a young group, Redden said he was in no rush to claim the leadership spot vacated by retired defender Josh Drummond.
"I haven't really thought about it at all to be honest," he said.
"It'd be great to work underneath Browny, he's a great leader, but I don't really think about it and will take it how it comes.
"It'd be a great honour if it did but I'm not in any rush at the moment."
Brown took a slightly reduced role at training in Brisbane on Tuesday morning as the Lions manage the 31-year-old's workload entering his 14th season.
Black (knee) and Matthew Leuenberger (Achilles) were also on lighter duties but are progressing well and expected to be fine for the start of the season.
Michael Whiting covers Brisbane Lions news for AFL.com.au. Follow him on Twitter: @AFL_mikewhiting