How premiership Hawk almost became an Eagle

Premiership Hawk Campbell Brown has revealed the time he met with the West Coast Eagles prior to getting drafted.

Taken by Hawthorn with pick 32 in the 2001 National Draft, Brown made his debut the following year and quickly became a regular member in a dominant Hawthorn side.

Brown enjoyed a terrific year in 2007 when he was named in the All-Australian side before tasting premiership success the following year – breaking a 17-year premiership drought as the Hawks overcame Geelong in an upset Grand Final win.

Brown, son of West Australian Football League (WAFL) Hall of Fame inductee Mal, was eligible to be selected by the Eagles under the old WAFL rules.

Having played 166 games for East Perth prior to being drafted to Richmond, Mal Brown’s time in the WAFL meant the Eagles had the opportunity to snap up Brown as a father-son.

“I could’ve gone father-son to the West Coast Eagles,” Brown told SEN Track.

“What happened was, those players that played over 100 games for WAFL clubs, they split in half so that half could go father-son to the Dockers, and some could go father-son to the Eagles.

“East Perth fell under the Eagles bracket and that meant that I could’ve gone father-son to the Eagles.

“They came to the house for an interview, but I think they did that to strictly appease Mal and pretend they were interested, but I don’t think they were interested at all.

“They got Quinten Lynch, Ashley Sampi and Mark Seaby.”

At the end of the 2010 season, Brown made the move to the Gold Coast Suns in their inaugural season.

He played 46 games in the Sunshine State before retiring.


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