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Voss playing up the bright side

BRISBANE Lions coach Michael Voss says there is still plenty to play for despite his side missing out on this year's finals.

The Lions' tight loss to Port Adelaide last Saturday has put the club out of the finals race.

The last time it played a final was in a semi in 2009 - Voss's first season as coach.

Voss, however, insists the future is looking bright.

"We are playing young players - we're backing them in. They're improving as a group," he said.

"I'm happy with how the plan's unfolding. We're in a mode where we're turning up every week to compete to win.

"If we fixate on anything else other than that, sport has a great way of being able to slap you around the face. We're not after that slap.

"We have to capitalise on some of the work we've put in in the last month and finish off the season strong."

The Lions take on St Kilda on Saturday at the Gabba and will likely be again veteran Simon Black because of his troublesome groin problem.

Black has missed the past four games and Voss said the midfielder is more likely to return against Richmond the following week.