RESTRICTED free agent Tom Rockliff says his family will be his top priority when making a decision on his future later this year.

In a rare interview given in 2017, the Brisbane Lions vice-captain told he was "back to enjoying footy", but had a lot to weigh up in the coming months.

Rockliff, 27, is two months from becoming a father for the first time with his partner Sharna, and said the welfare of all three would take priority.

"In the past I've let it weigh me down and get to me, contract negotiations, but this year I haven't really thought about it," Rockliff said.

"The most important factor for me is going to be my family, and what's most important for me, Sharna and the young fella when he comes out.

"That's a selfish way to look at it, but I think you've got to do what's right for yourself.

"It's also what's best for the footy club – who knows what they want?"

Rockliff was full of praise for Lions coach Chris Fagan, saying tough conversations had during the pre-season were exactly what he needed.

"I'm in a really good place," he said.

"Fatherhood being not far away now has made me mature and gave me perspective on life.

"I've got back to enjoying footy, and 'Fages' has allowed me to do that."