Brownlow no distraction for Neale: Fagan

Brisbane star Lachie Neale is the red-hot Brownlow Medal favourite but has more pressing concerns in the Lions' AFL preliminary final against Geelong.

LACHIE NEALE poses during the Brisbane Lions AFL team photo day at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia.
LACHIE NEALE poses during the Brisbane Lions AFL team photo day at The Gabba in Brisbane, Australia. Picture: Chris Hyde/Getty Images

Brisbane coach Chris Fagan doesn't expect he'll have any issues keeping Lachie Neale focused on Saturday night's AFL preliminary final against Geelong.

Neale is faced with a potential distraction as the heavy favourite to claim his first Brownlow Medal after another outstanding performance in his second season with the Lions.

The game's most prestigious individual honour will be awarded on Sunday night.

But Fagan believes his most prolific midfielder will be focused on more pressing matters at the Gabba when he takes on the Cats' star-studded engine room.

"I don't have to do anything with regards to that because (Neale) is a total professional," Fagan said.

"He wants to contribute as much as he can to the team on Saturday night and I don't think the Brownlow will be in his mind at all.

"When he wakes up Sunday morning it might be, but definitely not prior to that.

"I've got no need to say anything to him."

Fagan played down expectations on Brisbane's leading goal kicker, Charlie Cameron, who will likely attract attention from Geelong defender Mark O'Connor again.

In his only previous preliminary final appearance, while playing for Adelaide in 2017, Cameron booted five majors against the Cats.

"If he can do that (again) I'll be pretty happy but I'm not expecting any goals from Charlie," Fagan said.

"I'm just expecting him to play his role for the team and if goals come along that's an added bonus.

"We don't rely on any one individual and we've been a team all year that's had a lot of guys who can kick goals."

Seven Brisbane players have double-figure goal tallies this season.

Cameron booted three as one of eight goal kickers - the rest were all singles - in the Lions' qualifying final win over Richmond.