Lee Duffield

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Aka won’t be singled out: Voss

Voss says there will be no animosity towards Aka this weekend.

Voss says there will be no animosity towards Aka this weekend.

Brisbane coach Michael Voss has said there will be no “special attention” given to outspoken former Lion Jason Akermanis in Saturday’s clash against the Western Bulldogs.

This weekend’s game has more riding on it than just a spot in the top four after Akermanis publicly criticised his old club in May, saying Voss “didn’t deserve” to be coaching.

However, Voss said past controversies will be set aside for the vital match.

“History counts for little at this point in time, it’s about what we’ve got to achieve at this point,” Voss said.

“What attention he gets is the same attention we have to give to Adam Cooney, the same attention we’ve got to give to (Matthew) Boyd and the same respect we’ve got to give to Brad Johnson – that’s just to name a few of their players.”

But Voss acknowledged Brisbane will be wary of Akermanis’ skills in attack.

“He’s certainly one player we’ve got to keep an eye on, as well as others, but he’s in some genuine form at the moment,” he said.

With Brisbane one win away from booking themselves into September football, Voss stressed how important it was for his team to maintain focus.

“When you’re in the desperate end of the season and you’re fighting for your position, every game, every contest becomes critical,” he said.

The Lions secured their first finals berth since 2004 when an after-the-siren goal from Daniel Bradshaw gave them a draw with Essendon at the MCG last weekend.