Sport Mitch Brown to train with Melbourne ahead of 2020 season

14:40  19 november  2019
14:40  19 november  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Mitch Brown could be given a chance to play at his third AFL club after it was announced he would be training with Melbourne.

The versatile forward was delisted by Essendon at the end of last season, a surprise to many given his reliability in front of goal.

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Brown finished with 21 majors from his 16 games in 2019, though the Bombers made the decision to not offer the 29-year-old another contract.

He may yet get another crack at the highest level, with Melbourne confirming on Tuesday that he would be taking part in their pre-season training.

"It's exciting that Mitch has accepted an invitation to train with us post the draft on December 3," Dees footy manager Josh Mahoney said.

"Mitch is an experienced versatile tall and has shown that he can perform at AFL level.

"He is an elite runner and a reliable shot at goal so it will be good to have him around the club during the pre-season."

Brown has played 70 AFL games since debuting with Geelong in 2011.

After 15 games in four years at the Cats he was delisted before being picked up by the Bombers ahead of the 2016 season.

While never starring at Essendon, he helped fill the void left by the injured Joe Daniher over the past two seasons.

Melbourne's tall forward stocks are fairly thin, with both Tom McDonald and Sam Weideman struggling for form at various stages last season.

Brown could potentially be picked up in the pre-season supplemental selection period and he could be joined by another delisted player in Harley Bennell.

The former Sun and Docker has also been training with the Dees in the hope of resurrecting his career following a series of calf injuries that derailed his time at Freo.

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