Player Name: Nathan Brown
Current club: Collingwood
Potential Club: North Melbourne was the club originally linked with Brown, but their interest has supposedly died off as they don’t want to minimize their compensation for Daniel Wells.
The Original Price: Nathan Brown was selected with pick 10 in the 2006 National Draft by Collingwood.
The Good: When in form, Brown is a reliable full back who can get the job done. Good key defenders are worth their weight in gold and he could slot straight in and take the deepest forward in a lot of teams.
The Bad: Brown struggles with mobile forwards. If he can sit on a player at full back he’s fine, but if he has to work up the ground and take a player with any speed, he’s in trouble. He’s a dour defender who doesn’t really get much of the ball himself and coming into his 11th season, there are reasonable question marks over his durability.
What his club wants: Brown is a restricted free agent and will be able to leave if he so chooses, Collingwood will probably want a second to third round pick as compensation, but it’ll depend on the deal. The Pies could also choose to match the offer.
What he’s worth: If a club is looking for a key defender, Brown would be worth a two year deal. Any more seems risky for someone who has had serious injury issues in the past.
What we’d pay: If he was on the trade table: pick 35-40
Verdict: Brown could certainly find a new home on the trade table if he wishes to leave the Pies, but with the Roos seemingly pulling out of the race, it’ll be interesting to see if there are any suitors for him. Maybe a side like Sydney or the Bulldogs could consider him to add to their depth.
Star Rating: 3/5