AFL great Luke Hodge is confident the young Brisbane Lions will not experience a similar drop-off to the one Hawthorn produced in 2009, claiming motivation is high to make amends for last year's disappointing finish. Despite having the league's second-youngest list, Hodge and the Lions stunned the footy world in 2019 to finish second on the AFL ladder, only to flop in the finals and be knocked out in straight sets. Hodge then announced his retirement almost immediately after the second loss to the Giants. While Hodge and the young 2008 Hawks didn't fall from the same height – they won the premiership that year – they struggled to back-up their form the next season, finishing ninth in 2009 and missing the finals.
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