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Ben Brown
#50   North Melbourne Kangaroos
Age: 25yr 7mth    Games: 89     Born: November 20, 1992    
Height: 200cm     Weight: 101kg     Position: Forward
Last Drafted: Round 3, Pick #47 2013 National Draft by North Melbourne Kangaroos
Supercoach Price: $447,900   Supercoach Profile
AFL Fantasy Price: $445,000   AFL Fantasy Profile
Contract Status: Out of contract at the end of 2020   AFL Player Contracts
 
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Ben Brown Biography

Sunday, 15 April 2018
North Melbourne coach Brad Scott praises Ben Brown after the key forward kicked five goals in the Kangaroos' 86-point thumping of Carlton.

"Browny is becoming a pretty complete player," Scott said.

"There probably would have been a time a couple of years ago we might have left him out purely because it wouldn't have been the kind of day for 200cm forwards. He's impacting regardless of the conditions now.

"He’s like all the good players, you'd like to have two or three of them."

Thursday, 8 March 2018
Ben Brown has no doubt teammate and prized recruit Luke Davies-Uniacke is ready to debut for North Melbourne in round one.

"I think he's got the class that we want through the midfield," Brown said.

"Not many kids who come in as an 18-year-old can go straight into a midfield that's been pretty settled for a fair while and really shake that (group up), but I think he has.

"But the expectations on him from our perspective aren't too high. We're really conscious of that.

"We just want to make sure that Luke's enjoying his footy. He's an 18-year-old who's come in and, just like anyone, come his first game – whenever that is – he's going to have nerves. So we've got to make sure that he's feeling really comfortable for that."

Thursday, 9 November 2017
Ben Brown ended his Icelandic honeymoon early when the Australian selectors came calling for the Virgin Australia International Rules Series.

"I got the message about 10 days ago about midway through my honeymoon when I was in Iceland," Brown said.

"My partner, Hester, she's very supportive, straight away she was on the Flight Centre website trying to figure out how we were going to get home.

"We might have to go on another holiday at some point just to make up for it."

Thursday, 2 November 2017
Ben Brown, Robbie Tarrant, Jack Gunston, Neville Jetta, Luke Shuey and Kade Simpson are new additions to the squad who will represent Australia in the International Rules Series.
Friday, 6 October 2017
Ben Brown signs a two-year contract extension with North Melbourne to remain at the club until the end of 2018.

"North was really keen to keep me on and I was really keen to stay," Brown said.

"There was a lot of external noise but I never really considered (leaving). I'm really happy at North Melbourne and I'm really looking forward to staying around for a few more years."

Saturday, 26 August 2017
North Melbourne coach Brad Scott says Ben Brown's full potential is yet to be realized after the key forward finished the 2017 season with 63 goals.

"Such an accurate set shot, we might have to do a bit of work on his kicking on the run," Scott said with a wry grin.

"He's always had capability, marking at full stretch and all those things, but he had some deficiencies he had to work on.

"It just gives me great hope for Ben that he's scratching the surface on how good he can be, because the things we've given him to work on and been coaching him on, he's dramatically improved."

Monday, 7 August 2017
Ben Brown says he actually feels sorry for Brodie Grundy in the wake of the Magpie ruckman's tackle that left him concussed.

"He sent me a text and that was really nice to see from him, and I think he was really remorseful afterwards," Brown said.

"I've seen a little bit of the vision of what he had to say and I kind of feel bad for him as well because these kind of decisions are really split-second ones in games, so I hope he's feeling all right as well.

"I've looked back at it and it didn't look like Brodie was trying to hurt me in any way. It's always difficult when you're in those situations because we are taught to tackle to pin the arms and to try to get a guy to ground.

"So I can appreciate that it was a really split-second decision and I obviously don't have any hard feelings towards him."

Sunday, 6 August 2017
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says Brodie Grundy's tackle that hospitalised North Melbourne star Ben Brown with concussion was completely legal.

"It was a perfect tackle," Buckley said.

"I don't think there was any malice in the tackle. He was tackling to dispossess, tackling to get the free kick the way the rules are written. So what more do you do?

"Clearly when you're tackling someone from behind with momentum, there's going to be a little bit of carry (forward effect). It's pretty hard to put yourself in reverse when you've got no friction to do it."

Saturday, 5 August 2017
Ben Brown is hospitalised with concussion after a tackle by Magpie Brodie Grundy.

Brown had his arms pinned by Grundy in the tackle, with his head smacking into the Etihad Stadium turf.

After lying motionless for about a minute, Brown tried to get up, rolling onto his back but was unable to steady himself.

North Melbourne trainers and medical staff hurried to his side, stabilising his neck with a brace immediately.

Brown was eventually taken off on a stretcher, giving Roos fans a thumbs up as he was carted off into the rooms.

"There was no malicious intent, that's not the player that I am," a remorseful Grundy said.

"I felt pretty shaken up after it happened. I was pretty glad they stopped play because I didn't know what to do. It's terrible that he's gone to hospital so I'll definitely reach out to him tonight."

Friday, 28 July 2017
North Melbourne coach Brad Scott praises Ben Brown for his defensive improvement in the Kangaroos' forward line.

"He's transformed himself from being a forward who would try to pressure and try to defend his best, to now someone who is actually an asset to the way we defend in our forward line," Scott said.

"The defensive side of his game and improvement there probably won't be noted as much as the goals he's kicking, but it's certainly noted internally."

Monday, 27 February 2017
Ben Brown is running out of time to prove his fitness for round one as he continues to recover from knee surgery.

"The doctors are still working through whether I can get up for that game but I'm aiming for it and I'm doing as much as I can in my rehab work," Brown said.

"My running's going really well and the main thing for me is my body's feeling really good, so when I do get up to play, I should feel 100 per cent ready to go."

Friday, 20 January 2017
Ben Brown will miss two weeks of training after having a minor knee operation.

"In terms of seriousness, specialists feel this is at the very low end of the spectrum," North senior performance consultant Steve Saunders said.

"The procedure should maximise Ben's remaining pre-season and outcomes for his knee long-term.

"We could have managed the issue as it was without surgical intervention, but given the time to round one, we felt it was best to involve a specialist and take this course of action."

Saturday, 6 August 2016
Ben Brown suffers a knee injury in the second quarter of North Melbourne's clash against the Western Bulldogs.

Brown hobbled from the field in the second term, briefly went down to the rooms and emerged only to have ice applied on the interchange bench, signalling his night was done.

Friday, 15 July 2016
North Melbourne forward-line coach Leigh Tudor praises Ben Brown.

"He's self-driven. I never have to go find him," Tudor said.

"For an assistant coach, there's a lot of different personalities in football.

"But the guys who are self-driven, when they come and get you, that's fantastic."

Wednesday, 30 December 2015
Ben Brown says he doesn't know what happened to his usually sticky hands during North Melbourne's 2015 finals campaign.

After averaging 4.9 marks a game in the 2015 home and away season, Brown took just six in North Melbourne's three finals, only two of them contested and only three inside forward 50.

"I don't really know what it was necessarily, but I think it's just something that I need to keep improving on and it's just (a case of) doing it over and over and over again until I take that mark every day of the week," Brown said.

"I'll back myself in to take those marks every day – that's what I pride myself on – so to not follow through with it was disappointing.

"But next year I'll keep on working on my craft and it's just something that I think will get better with repetition and working with the experienced guys in the side to make sure I'm learning off them as much as I can."

Saturday, 12 September 2015
Ben Brown has been rewarded for his rapid rise at Arden Street with a two-year contract extension.

The 22-year-old, who has been a key target in attack this year, is now tied to the Kangaroos until the end of the 2018 season.

Monday, 27 April 2015
North Melbourne defender Sam Wright has heaped praise on forward Ben Brown, labeling him as the club's "barometer" for team success this season.

"He's sort of a barometer for us," Wright told Crocmedia's Sportsday.

"He gets you up and about when you see his unorthodox way of going about things I guess.

"He was really good again on the weekend, he just keeps hitting the scoreboard."

Monday, 13 April 2015
Ben Brown knows the growing competition for key-forward spots at North Melbourne means he can't take his position in attack for granted.

Brown was a late omission from the Roos' round one team after they elected to play just two key forwards, Drew Petrie and Jarrad Waite, in the belief they needed more run against Adelaide.

After North's 77-point loss to the Crows, the 22-year-old earned a recall for Sunday's round two clash against the Brisbane Lions and made the most of his opportunity, kicking 3.1 and dishing off two goal assists.

"We've had Aaron Black out of the side, Mason Wood has just come in today, there's also guys like Majak Daw and Daniel Currie bashing down the door," Brown said.

"It just means that week in, week out you've really got to focus and just try and do the things that you know are good for the team.

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