As the trade period ended last week every club was predictably happy. One of the many trades completed was Ben Brown who made the move from North Melbourne to Melbourne. The Kangaroos traded Brown along with pick 28 and a future fourth round pick in exchange for pick 26, 33 and a future fourth rounder.
On face value it seems a low risk high reward deal for Melbourne. The Demons ranked 9th in the competition for goal scoring keen to boost their scoring potential.
Melbourne GM of football Josh Mahoney delighted with the acquisition of the key forward from Arden St.
“We are excited to have Ben join us. He is a proven goal kicker. We think he is the perfect type of player to work alongside our other forwards with his height, football smarts and experience.”
A proven goal kicker
Drafted with pick 47 in the 2013 draft, it seemed almost inevitable Ben Brown would be a one club player.
The Tasmanian was generally a mainstay in the North Melbourne team since his debut in round 14, 2014. After playing 11 games in his debut season the forward would go on to play 22 games in each year between 2015 – 2019.
The end of Brown’s tenure at the Kangaroos is a return of 287 goals from 130 games which is an exceptional record.
Fresh start for Ben Brown
Some critics view Brown as a one-dimensional player who can only perform as a leading forward with good delivery. He might not have the versatility to play a variety of positions but kicking goals is a handy trait to possess.
Brown kicked 60 goals plus for three consecutive seasons to be one of the Premier forwards in the competition from 2017-19.
The 2020 season was a difficult one for Ben Brown who only kicked eight goals from nine games. But one poor season should not completely devalue his reputation.
A year ago, changing clubs would not have been a consideration. But speaking on SEN it is clear Ben Brown is ready for a fresh start.
“When you put a lot of time into a club and poured a lot of yourself into it, to have to get used to the idea of being told you are no longer required and it’s best you look elsewhere, that is a difficult thing to come to terms with”
“I’m looking forward to getting stuck in at Melbourne. I’ve got a bit of learning to do now. So I’m going to go to work and try to be the best servant I can for the Melbourne footy club.”
If the 28-year-old can get back to anywhere near his best, the Demons will have one of the trade bargains of the year.