Trade and FA

Could Brown be leaving town?


Player Name: Luke Brown

Current Club: Adelaide

Potential Clubs: Brown is not the type of recruit who is going to sell memberships, but he is the type of player who you can win premierships with. One of the most consistent shutdown defenders in the game, he could attract a decent pick should the Crows decide to diversify to add a bit more dash to their back line. David Noble, now at Brisbane, brought him to Adelaide and could lure him to the Gabba as part of a deal involving Tom Rockliff. Crows town rivals Port could also come knocking as they look to move Hamish Hartlett on.

The Original Price: Brown lobbed at Adelaide via a trade from GWS as part of the deal which saw the Crows lose Phil Davis and pick 10 at the 2011 draft but gain the pick that got Brad Crouch as well as Brown. He is contracted for another year.

The Good: Brown is the type of defender every club needs one of. Tough, hard to play on and consistent, he matches up well on the opposition’s best small forwards. He has rarely missed games, playing 91 in just over four seasons and is clearly one of the first players on Don Pyke’s board each week. Had career high for average possessions this year with 16.5

The Bad: The question on Brown is whether he is versatile enough. At 181cm, he can do a job on a small forward, but what happens when he doesn’t have a clear match-up as happened in the semi-final against Sydney. He doesn’t exactly rack up possessions, and doesn’t offer a lot of run and carry.

What his club wants: He is a valuable player for the Crows, but he is the type of player that has more appeal internally than externally. It would want to be at least a second round pick to get any deal done, but it is more likely to be part of a complicated bundle.

What he’s worth: He’s extremely valuable to the right team, but as mentioned, you don’t need two versions of Luke Brown on your list. A team like Brisbane, who were smashed defensively this year, could be in a position to offer a second round pick for him.

What we’d pay: Pick 27-32

Possible Trade Scenarios:

  • Brisbane trade Tom Rockliff and their third round pick (47) for Brown and Cam Ellis Yolman
  • Brisbane trade their second round pick (28) for Rockliff
  • Port Adelaide trade Hamish Hartlett for Brown, plus a selection of lower end picks traded.

The Verdict:  Brown is a valuable player to Adelaide despite his lack of versatility and it would take a good deal to pry a contracted defender out of a club where he has played 22 games. The wildcard is that he did miss a couple of games with a groin injury this year.

Star Rating: 3/5 – he’s a quality player who plays every week. Again, he’s not going to sell much merchandise or get many kids to wear his number. He’s had 91 games without a Brownlow vote! But he’s got a lot of value to the right team.


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