It's make or break for Cornelius

TASMANIA'S greatest football export to the sunshine state believes 2013 will be make-or-great for one of the men that has followed in his footsteps.

Triple Brisbane-premiership player and now football commentator Alastair Lynch yesterday said  that he was unsure where Aaron Cornelius fitted into the set-up at Brisbane.

But the 22-year-old is doing everything in his power to answer that question.

``From everything I've heard internally, he was worked really hard over this preseason,'' Lynch said.

``It's a massive year for him. He's working hard and he really needs to do that at his size (192 centimetres and 88 kilograms) and is lightly framed, so he's a long way off being a power forward.

``So he's going to have to become that third and fourth forward. So he's going to have to get right up the ground and not be one dimensional.

``He's got to get his game to where he's also behind the ball and carry the ball through the midfield, and that's where he's got to get his aerobic capacity up too.''

The early signs from Cornelius have all been promising.

The 57th pick in the 2008  draft was outstanding against the Giants on Saturday, kicking 5.4 from 13 touches and six marks.

Nine Tasmanians call Queensland their football home at both the Lions and Gold Coast.

Lynch, who played 306 games for Fitzroy and Brisbane, said he was ``excited'' about what they could deliver.

This group includes the state top draft pick from last year, Launceston's Jesse Lonergan, who went to the Suns at pick 13.

``He looks like he's a class player and he looks like he could just go straight into that team for round one,'' he said.

``Then there's (Josh) Green (at Brisbane) who's working on his fitness so he can play more in the middle and (Ryan) Harwood is a ripper. He's as hard as they come and he's turned himself into a professional athlete and I'd be very surprised if he didn't play the majority of the games this year for Brisbane.''

Lynch also expected Burnie's Gold Coast duo Luke Russell and Maverick Weller to have an impact in the midfield and off half-back respectively.

 Aaron Cornelius celebrates one of his  five goals on Saturday against the Giants.  Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Aaron Cornelius celebrates one of his five goals on Saturday against the Giants. Picture: GETTY IMAGES


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