JARROD Berry has a simple message for anyone thinking Brisbane has a clear advantage with most of the AFL set to move to Queensland.
Do you want football or not?
Following the AFL's announcement on Wednesday all 10 Victorian clubs would hub in Queensland in coming weeks, a school of thought emerged that it could give locals Brisbane and Gold Coast a leg up.
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Berry said not having to be away from immediate family and playing in front of home crowds was a slight advantage, but once on the field, it made little difference.
For anyone thinking the path to a premiership was now heavily tilted in the Lions' favour, Berry gave a quick reminder.
"Do you want football to keep going or do you want nothing on tv?" he asked.
"It's a season that no-one can predict, or no-one can see what's going to happen in the future.
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"For all we know we could be going to Darwin in a couple of weeks.
"We're all up in the air as much as anyone else.
"It's going to be the most adaptable club and the whole-of-squad mentality that is going to benefit the most from this season being thrown all around Australia."
Brisbane has won all four matches at the Gabba in 2020 and lost interstate contests against Hawthorn and Geelong, with the Giants in Sydney to come on Saturday.
Berry said not having to travel interstate 11 times like a normal season was not a big deal, although it might help the older players on Brisbane's list.
"Yes, it's going to be a bit more comfortable for us at home, but you can see the season's so tight, it won't be decided by much," he said.
The Lions are preparing to face their semi-final conquering Giants this weekend following a loss to Geelong that was punctuated by a horror third quarter.
Berry said Brisbane had learnt some lessons from its more seasoned opponents.
"We took a bit out of the Geelong leaders actually and how they responded when we had the momentum in the second quarter," he said.
"We've learnt plenty from that game and will move on to next week now."