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Greatest hits can help listless Lions recover: Andrews

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The Brisbane Lions are searching for ways to snap key players back into form, with last year's grand finalists starting 0-3 and facing a tricky month ahead.

Harris Andrews.
Harris Andrews. Picture: Darrian Traynor/Getty Images

Brisbane Lions players should revisit their greatest hits in an effort to discover some AFL sparkle, Harris Andrews says.

Last year's beaten grand finalists are 0-3 ahead of Friday's Gather Round clash with North Melbourne at Norwood Oval in Adelaide.

Meetings with Melbourne, Geelong and Greater Western Sydney loom beyond that for a club that's firmly in the spotlight, forced this week to deny internal rifts stemming from an off-season trip to the United States.

Co-captain Andrews, who wasn't on the getaway in question, is adamant there is no tension at the club - but said teammates were looking for ways to rediscover their form.

"You just give guys confidence and positivity; get them to think about what it looks like when they're at their best," he said.

"Every player is going to have a different way of approaching that.

"Whenever I'm in a bit of a form slump I might go back and watch some of my best games, see what it looks like from behind the goals.

"Sometimes you might just go away from those things, little moments.

"We're not sitting still waiting around hoping that it's all going to turn around against North."

The Lions have lost to Carlton, Fremantle and Collingwood so far this season, despite comfortably winning the inside-50 count in all three games.

Charlie Cameron has generally kicked two goals to every behind since joining the Lions from Adelaide in 2018 but has managed just 3.8 this year.

Eric Hipwood has four goals this season and was kept to just three touches at quarter-time against the Magpies.

He and fellow key forward Joe Daniher both finished with eight touches and managed seven marks - including just one contested mark - between them.

That pair came in for steep criticism early last season but responded emphatically, Hipwood finishing with a career-best 41 goals and Daniher (61 goals) four off equalling his best haul as they lost the grand final by just four points.

Since arriving at the club in 2017, coach Chris Fagan has generally remained loyal to players struggling for form.

"You talk to them about what they're good at, reinforce that," he said after the Magpies loss.

"Form comes and goes. So it's just positivity, but honesty as well. They've been good players, we won't be pushing the panic button.

"I've trusted them a long time and they've delivered, so I'm not going to jump off them just because we've lost three in a row."

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