Collingwood defender Nathan Brown has joined St Kilda on a 2 year contract.
It was confirmed this afternoon after Collingwood decided not match St Kilda’s offer.
Brown was drafted at pick 10 in the 2006 AFL Draft and has played 130 games for Collingwood.
He was in the 2010 premiership team and played a key part in helping Collingwood win the flag.
He has been a reliable key defender since he made his debut in 2007 in which he has usually taken the best opposition key forward.
However, injuries have hurt him in the past few seasons and has not been able to play at his best since his premiership year.
St Kilda needed a tall defender as they can’t rely on Shaun Dempster forever so signing Brown is a smart choice. With him, Dempster, Fisher (if he continues to play on) and Carlisle retuning, their defensive stocks are suddenly looking stronger.
He has had plenty of injuries over the years that has forced him in and out of the Collingwood side but does provide plenty of experience for a young St Kilda side.
He will be 28 years old next month so he still has a few good years in him if he can overcome his injuries.
If he can stay injury free next season and play consistent football, then it will prove to be a brilliant trade by the Saints.