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Michael Whiting,  August 28, 2017 10:16 AM

Post Match: Chris Fagan Watch Chris Fagan's press conference after Round 23's match against North Melbourne.

The Brisbane Lions will target a hybrid midfielder with the No.1 pick in November's national draft.

Coach Chris Fagan outlined the club's plans for the coveted first pick after the Lions lost to North Melbourne on Saturday.

"I think we need to keep bolstering our midfield," Fagan said.

"Looking for that hybrid guy that can win it on the inside and spread.

"We should be able to find one of those at the top of the draft I would imagine."

Among the favourites to go near the top of the draft are Western Jets' Cameron Rayner and Bendigo's Paddy Dow, who would both appear to fit Fagan's bill nicely.

The Lions have developed well in Fagan's first season, but their midfield is still a bit thin.

Captain Dayne Beams, who has had a brilliant year, and vice-captain Tom Rockliff will both go in for shoulder surgery in the coming week after carrying injuries for the second half of the season.

Against the Kangaroos, the midfield was smashed.

Although the poor performance might be the lingering memory for many Lions fans, Fagan said it shouldn't define their season.

The Lions were lucky to lead by 16 points at quarter-time before being overpowered in the final three terms.

"We're disappointed," Fagan said.

"We're not going to let it define our season though.

"It's one game out of 22 and pretty much since the bye, bar the Geelong game, we have been so competitive and had a crack and been in a lot of games.

"We'll take a lot of heart from that.

"We'll learn from today.

"We're really disappointed that we lost a really important game for us, in terms of not wanting the wooden spoon, by that margin and in that manner.

"We'll talk about that and we'll learn from it and hopefully it spurs us on for the pre-season."

Despite winning five games – more than either of the past two seasons – the Lions collected their first wooden spoon since 1998.

"There was no fairytale today getting up off the bottom," Fagan said.

"Some of our boys looked a bit tired.

"We didn't have the same energy and zip as the last few weeks."