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Matt Thompson  February 3, 2016 11:37 AM

AFL 2015 Rd 21 - Adelaide v Brisbane

Justin Leppitsch is set to sign a new one-year deal

We actually think he can coach, we're just going to extend him, and roll him over from here on in

JUSTIN Leppitsch will be on a rolling contract for the rest of his time at the Brisbane Lions if chief executive Greg Swann gets his way.

Swann has confirmed Leppitsch will be contracted for 2017, with a view to being renewed at this time every year going forward. 

The decision still has to be ratified by the Brisbane Lions board.

It is a similar scenario at Carlton with new coach Brendon Bolton agreeing to a rolling contract when he joined the club last year.

"We actually think he can coach, we're just going to extend him, and roll him over from here on in," Swann told Melbourne radio SEN.

"In our position, this one year will go forever," he said. 

Skipper Tom Rockliff said the playing group is fully behind Leppitsch and wants him at the helm long-term.

"Ideally you'd love it to be longer, but that's not our decision. Our job is to go out there and play and perform to make sure he gets a longer contract," Rockliff said.

"If that's what the club has decided to do – give him a one-year deal – we completely support 'Leppa' 100 per cent and we support any decision the club makes."

Leppitsch, 40, first signed a three-year contract with the Lions in 2014.

He's coached 44 games for 11 wins and 33 losses.

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick and Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley are also out of contract at season's end.