If I were to win an AFL premiership now, say this year in comparison to my first year in the game, the appreciation would be so much higher. Just from what I have been through, and what the club has been through…

What makes it special for me, is I look at what the Brisbane Lions did last year, you have a core group that has come from the bottom, they became really close throughout the process and worked towards a common goal.

Even last year, while they didn’t win it, you could tell they had fun building something special. Now (with me) being in a leadership position you want to create that culture where everyone wants to be there, everyone is having fun and building towards something special.

The above is an extract from Patrick Cripps’ sit down interview with the Rip Through It podcast. Watch the full players-only interview below with the AFL star.