Surfers Paradise, Queensland
Now a multiple Best and Fairest winner and current club captain, Dayne Zorko’s journey to elite was not a typical one.
A Queensland native, Zorko represented the state at National Under 18 Championships but was overlooked in the 2007 National Draft. Persisting with his passion, Zorko honed his craft in the NEAFL for years until he was back on AFL radars and selected in the 2011 draft as a 22 year old.
After waiting years for his chance on an AFL list, Zorko took no time to make his mark on the Lions, debuting early in 2012 and playing in the forward line where he became known for his freakish goals. Zorko played 16 games in his first season and from then on has played at least 20 games, showing his durability as he grew to spend more time in the midfield.
In 2015 Zorko won his first Merrett-Murray Medal as Brisbane’s Best and Fairest Player. He won this award four consecutive years, while also claiming his first All-Australian selection in 2017.
Zorko took over the captaincy of the club in 2018 and has played a integral role in the resurgence of the ever improving Brisbane Lions side.
Away from football, Zorko is father to Louis.