TOM ROCKLIFF will play for the Brisbane Lions in 2017, but his future at the club beyond next year remains hazy.
Rockliff's manager Tom Petroro informed the Lions that his client would see out his contract until the end of next season.
That came after Rockliff and Petroro had a meeting with newly appointed coach Chris Fagan and football manager David Noble in Melbourne last week.
Fagan will assess all the club's leadership positions in the coming weeks, with Rockliff no certainty to remain captain.
"Tom is 100 per cent committed to where we are headed and the journey we are going to take together as a club," Noble told the club's website.
"Our program demands selfless footballers and leaders who can help others lift their games to a higher level.
"Chris has spoken to Tom about raising the bar on his performance in the year ahead and there is a definite understanding on that.
"We're happy that Tom is staying at the club and we all look forward to better times ahead."
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Noble said leadership positions at the Lions would be decided over the pre-season.
"Chris and his coaching team will assess the leadership in the weeks and months ahead," Noble said.
"A leadership group will then be selected based on our values.
"As a club, we want to become relevant again and a huge part of that is making sure our culture is strong and we live by the values at the heart of that culture."
Both parties explored the option of a trade over the past couple of weeks, with the Lions open to the idea of moving Rockliff on as they tried to stockpile top-end draft picks.
But the interest from opposition clubs, despite being linked to Adelaide, Melbourne and Collingwood, was not substantial enough to consider a trade.
There has been speculation that Rockliff could join the Crows at the end of 2017 when he becomes a free agent.
Rockliff averaged 29.8 disposals from his 17 games in 2016 and polled nine votes to lead the Lions in Brownlow Medal voting.
Rockliff signed a three-year deal with the Lions until the end of 2017 in March 2014.