Is future black for Simon?

Simon Black has been in Noosa this week training with the Lions.
Simon Black has been in Noosa this week training with the Lions.

AFTER 14 seasons with Brisbane Lions, Simon Black is well and truly considered part of the furniture.

But with only a one-year contract extension to guarantee the Brownlow medallist a spot for the 2012 season, Black's future is uncertain.

"Hopefully 2013 happens, but we'll have to wait and see," the midfielder said.

"Right now I'm focusing on contributing for the Lions. It's been my club for 14 years and I'm pretty sure it will be my only club.

"I am still enjoying playing football and if I'm still enjoying it at the end of the season, I will be keen to play on and I'm sure the club will be keen for me to keep playing.

"We just have to wait and see what eventuates."

Black joined his squad mates at Noosa Football Club for a training session yesterday morning, followed by a recovery session on Noosa's Main Beach.

It's part of the club's first week of pre-season training on the Sunshine Coast.

The 32-year-old said he was not disappointed his contract did not ensure a home in two years despite his loyal service.

Brisbane has a policy of offering only one-year contracts to players aged more than 30.

Black said he would be happy to end his career with the club.

"It might be my last year and I just want to enjoy it. If I play a 16th year, that will be great, but I've got to stay in the moment and enjoy it now," he said.

"I can understand where the club is coming from. They've had that policy in place for a few years."

Black said he would have welcomed a two-year contract.

"If I do what I need to do then I'm hopefully back," he said.

After ankle surgery at the end of last season, Black said he was already participating in full training.

"I'm back running at full capacity. I want to get a good pre-season under my belt," he said.

"We bottomed out last year, but we're improving now.

"There's a positive feeling and a sense of ownership for the club this year. We need to be a better contested side, finish games out strong and win a bit more."

Black said his goals this pre-season were to get fit and healthy.

The Lions' pre-season training camp on the Coast winds down today.

"Right now I'm focusing on contributing for the Lions, it's been my club for 14 years and I'm pretty sure it will be my only one club."

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