Best to come from Brown says Goodwin
Melbourne head coach Simon Goodwin is convinced the best is yet to come from new recruit Ben Brown and his best days are definitely not behind him.
Brown was a revelation with his former club North Melbourne before injuries started to bite in the 2020 NRL campaign, restricting him to eight goals in nine appearances.
Before that he had booted 60 plus goals in each of the previous three seasons to make him one of the hottest players in the competition.
Brown joined the Demons in last year's Trade Period but is about a month away from playing after undergoing more surgery on his knee.
However Goodwin is still upbeat about the situation and is in no doubt Brown will be a big hit once he is back fully fit and firing.
"Absolutely he can (return to his best)," Goodwin told AFL.com.au. "He's still at that age where he can improve his game. I think in his own words, he wants to improve his game. He's really clear about what that looks like.
"We don't see him just as that type of player, we think he's still got growth in his game and can become an even better player for us."
It is no surprise that Goodwin wants to get him in the side as soon as possible, but he is also unwilling to take a gamble on his fitness.
"He looks like he's on track to be back around round three or round four, but we won't push that," he added. "We'll make sure he's right and he goes through the steps appropriately. We're excited by what he can bring.
"He's kicked 240 goals in a four-year patch. It's a lot of goals, I think it's the most in the competition, so we're excited by what he can bring. We want to get him back."
Melbourne are priced at 4/1 to win the AFL grand final.
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