BRISBANE Lions coach Chris Fagan is optimistic Tom Rockliff will re-sign, saying the restricted free agent appears "very happy" at the Gabba this season.
Rockliff entered this year with a cloud over his future after the Lions unsuccessfully put him up for trade at the end of last season.
After Fagan took over as coach late last year, Rockliff was replaced as Lions captain by Dayne Beams, while the 27-year-old midfielder has since been linked with Adelaide and, to a lesser extent, Port Adelaide.
But Fagan told SEN radio on Monday morning Rockliff's recent demeanour suggested he would recommit to the Lions.
"I haven’t asked him, but the way he's acting and talking around the footy club I don't think he's going anywhere," Fagan said.
"He seems very happy at the moment, his wife is pregnant, he's just built a new house.
"I'd be hopeful that he stays."
The Lions end their season this Saturday with a home game against North Melbourne. If they win, they will regulate the Roos to 18th and the wooden spoon, but in doing so would relinquish the pick No.1 in November's NAB AFL Draft.
Fagan echoed the sentiments of North coach Brad Scott on Sunday, saying the Lions valued a winning culture more highly than draft picks.
"We're trying to win. We're trying to build that winning culture at the club, so that's more important to us than losing and getting the first draft pick," Fagan said.
"From our perspective, it's so important that we finish off the season with a win, and we've played really strong footy for the last 10 or 12 weeks and we don't want to leave the season on a sour note."