Ben Brown, once a star in North Melbourne’s forward line and a four-time leading goal kicker for the club, is now at a crossroads at the Roos.
Brown has been in poor form lately and now in the treatment room sadly. The Roos are going through a rebuilding phase and seems Brown is not a part of it. It looks likes it is unlikely that he will sign a new contract according to Brown’s manager Adam Ramanauskas, who has publicly said on ABC Grandstand he doubted his client’s chances.
“I wouldn’t say we were close, there were still some real sticking points within our negotiating that we were arguing about and discussing but I don’t think we were close to the terms we both wanted and there probably was a gap in money as well.”
So if Ben Brown leaves the Roos these are the scenarios we could see at trade time.
Carlton trade for a first round pick
The first scenario would be perfect for both sides as the Blues can give the Roos a pick in the first round which would be perfect for their rebuild as they can blood youth.
While for the Blues, Brown would be perfect as Carlton need a second key forward that is a consistent goal kicker.
In 2019, Brown scored 64 goals which would be perfect for the Blues. Carlton is down on scoring with an average of eight goals a game and rank tenth in scoring this year. If he went to the Blues, it would definitely help Carlton kick goals.
His presence would help them make a finals run for 2021. It would be a scary line-up to play against, with Harry McKay also in the forward line.
Essendon swap deal for Joe Daniher
The second scenario is very possible. Both players are injured and both clubs need a new star tall forward. So a swap deal would be perfect for both clubs.
The only trouble with this deal is Daniher, who is having a lot of groin issues – issues which held up his move to the Swans. So this would be a smart move as both clubs have cap space and need a star forward to help in building their teams back to the finals.
Stays at North Melbourne
An unlikely scenario, it could happen if Brown and his manger get the deal they want and if it is the best for both parties.
This might save the Roos in the short run if they can’t find a key forward as it seems that Majak Daw is on the outer and their next tall forward is a young player in Tristan Xerri.
So North fans, what do you think – will Ben Brown stay or will he leave?