Collingwood loses Nathan Brown via free agency
St Kilda acquires Nathan Brown via free agency
After Collingwood chose not to match St Kilda’s two-year offer to Brown, he joined the Saints on Sunday afternoon. He’ll slot into the backline alongside Jake Carlisle and Sean Dempster and will aid in the development of young gun Hugh Goddard. The 28-year-old played just the 16 games this year, missing the middle of the season after being dropped and subsequently injuring his hamstring, but his ability to lock down the big forwards will come in handy at St Kilda.
Collingwood – the Pies have chosen not to match St Kilda’s offer to Brown, and with Jack Frost all but traded to Brisbane and Jonathan Marsh having requested a trade back to Western Australia, their depth in the key defender post is thin.
Rating: -1. – We’ve never seen a free agency offer matched, but Collingwood must have thought about it. Brown’s loss leaves holes in their backline and they’ve gotten nothing for him.
St Kilda – the Saints will be rapt. They’ve bought in a 28-year-old key defender who they’ll expect to get four years out of. He’ll fit in perfectly alongside Carlisle, Dempster, Fisher, or Goddard and will allow Sam Gilbert a bit more freedom.
Rating: +1. – Filled a need and did so without compromising their trade or draft position.
Collingwood – Brown’s departure will affect Collingwood’s other defenders, big or small. Key defenders Ben Reid and Jeremy Howe will be less able to play off their man, or go third up at a contest. Contested marks may drop. The lack of depth in tall defenders means their small defenders will have to play tall, never great for fantasy output. The bright side is that Brown comes out of the best 22 opening up a position for someone else. Matt Scharenberg is one who – provided he’s uninjured – could see significant game time.
St Kilda – At the Saints, Brown’s output is likely to remain similar to what it was when he was at Collingwood. Not fantasy relevant himself, his impact will be on veteran Sam Fisher. He’ll keep Fisher out of the side on occasion.