Ben Brown up for trade as North Melbourne continues to reshape list

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Ben Brown’s career at North Melbourne appears to be coming to an end after the AFL club confirmed they are willing to trade the full-forward.

The off-contract Brown endured a tough 2020 campaign with loss of form and injuries resulting in just eight goals in nine matches.

Brown, 27, is a four-times leading goalkicker for the Kangaroos with 287 majors in 130 matches.

He kicked a career-high 64 goals in the 2019 season.

“It’s not a decision we’ve made lightly as Ben has been a tremendous part of our club since 2014,” Kangaroos football general manager Brady Rawlings said in a club statement.

The Kangaroos won just one of their last 15 matches this season to finish ahead of only bottom-placed Adelaide on the ladder.

Both teams recorded three wins for the season, with the Kangaroos avoiding the wooden spoon because of a superior percentage to the Crows.

The Kangaroos already announced that 11 other players, including Majak Daw, would not be offered new contracts.

Brown’s exit would be the most high-profile as coach Rhyce Shaw reshapes his list.

Rawlings said he and Shaw spoke to Brown, who is not a free agent, last Friday to discuss the club’s position.

“It was a very honest discussion,” he said.

“We will work with Ben and his management to secure a mutually beneficial outcome.”

Rawlings said that potentially trading Brown would be “difficult” for some fans to understand but decisions were being made in the best interests of the club.

“We have a clear plan and pathway to lead this club back to finals as quickly as possible,” he said.


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