Lions' Martin driven by AFL finals goal

Stefan Martin has played 170 AFL games since his debut in 2008 but not one of them in the finals.
Stefan Martin has played 170 AFL games since his debut in 2008 but not one of them in the finals.

Brisbane ruckman Stefan Martin is adamant he has a role at the AFL club beyond this year and says playing finals football for the Lions would be "one of the most meaningful" achievements of his life.

The 32-year-old has played 170 AFL games across 12 seasons and, by his own admission, has been "nowhere near" a finals campaign until now.

The Lions (7-5) face St Kilda on Saturday at Marvel Stadium and Martin says the fire is burning after their deflating loss to Carlton before last round's bye.

"We were all pretty flat ... we didn't have anything to sink our teeth into, so you stew in your own head," he said of the shock defeat to the last-placed Blues.

Off contract beyond this season, the veteran hopes to prove he is worth investing in as the Lions push to become perennial contenders.

Waiting in the wings is 23-year-old ruckman Archie Smith, who will continue to push Martin after he earned his first AFL start of 2019 against Hawthorn earlier this month.

But, having done the hard yards, Martin isn't yet ready to ride off into the sunset.

"For someone of my age they've wanted to wait and see how it all goes and I hope to think they'll get conversations (about a new contract) started if they haven't already," he said.

"I would absolutely love to be around this club when and if we play finals.

"I've been nowhere near it for my 12 years so far (with Melbourne and now Brisbane).

"It'd be one of the most meaningful things I could do in my life, if I was around here to play finals."

The Lions coughed up a 37-point lead as Carlton's stormed back to claim just their second victory of the season - which resulted in Brisbane falling to seventh.

Martin admitted there may have been a subconscious element of complacency in the performance against the Blues and said the Lions had addressed their run of three-straight road losses this week.

"If you're a guy that keeps to yourself when you're at the Gabba, do the same when you're in Melbourne or Perth," he said.

"Maybe pack your own pillow ... some blokes do that, I do that."

Australian Associated Press