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Essendon weighing up Ben Brown move


Essendon is weighing up whether to make an offer for key forward Ben Brown.

Brown’s manager, former Essendon star Adam Ramanauskas, has reached to his old club as he scrambles to find a suitor for the discarded North Melbourne spearhead.

Ramanauskas earlier this year had a three-year offer from the Kangaroos worth close to $850,000 a season, but was pushing for a fourth year before COVID-19 hit the competition and the Roos’ prospects plummeted.

The former Bomber is now trying to convince the Dons, where he has a relationship with long-time list boss Adrian Dodoro, that Brown would be a good fit.

It’s understood Essendon is yet to make a decision on the 27-year-old as it braces for a hectic trade period.

The Bombers will seek premium compensation for restricted free agent Joe Daniher, who has nominated Brisbane, while Adam Saad has requested a trade to Carlton.

Orazio Fantasia will also put in a trade request, possibly to Adelaide, while Conor McKenna has retired.

Essendon is supremely confident no other players want to leave the club.

The Bombers on Monday re-signed Andrew McGrath to a new two-year deal and will soon announce fresh contracts for best and fairest winner Jordan Ridley and Kyle Langford.

Brown kicked 63, 61 and 64 goals in seasons 2017, 2018 and 2019, respectively, before a downturn in form and a serious knee injury crippled his 2020 campaign.

Essendon North Melbourne

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