Ben Brown will make his debut for Melbourne on Sunday in his home state Tasmania against his former club North Melbourne.
Demons coach Simon Goodwin told reporters on Thursday that the 28-year-old would be included in the unbeaten team for his first game since round 10, 2020 when he suffered a knee injury that cut short his season.
Ben Brown will make his Melbourne debut against his former club.Credit:Getty Images
He has played three VFL matches after recovering from knee surgery in February and has been given his opportunity ahead of Sam Weideman, who is also looking to force his way back into the line-up.
Brown, who kicked more than 60 goals a season in 2017, 2018 and 2019, was out of form before his injury and North Melbourne decided to trade him as they turned towards youngsters to rebuild the team.
The Demons signed him to a four-year deal, using picks 26, 33 and a future fourth-round selection to trade in Brown, pick 28 and a future fourth-round pick.
His former club is yet to win a game this season while Melbourne remain one of two unbeaten teams.
“It’s ironic that it’s worked out like that [with his first game against North Melbourne], it certainly wasn’t planned that way or not why we selected him,” Goodwin said.
“We selected him because we think he’s ready. We’re not afraid to make these moves, even though we’re performing strongly.”
The Demons coach was non-committal on who might make way for Brown, with key forwards Tom McDonald and Luke Jackson both performing well against Richmond.
Jackson or ruckman Max Gawn may be rested, although their combination has been a significant factor in the Demons’ strong early season form.
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