Player Watch #50: Ben Brown - in talks with club for contract extension

the Ziebull

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I’d hold at 3 years

old mate brown turns 28 this year and has never had a full uninterrupted preseason

as the years tick on I feel his body could break down easily

tbh if we offered 2 I’d be fine that would take him to the dreaded 30
 

Sopwiths North

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I’d hold at 3 years

old mate brown turns 28 this year and has never had a full uninterrupted preseason

as the years tick on I feel his body could break down easily

tbh if we offered 2 I’d be fine that would take him to the dreaded 30
Nah, Browny's one of our more solid players physically. Covers more ground than anyone else out there (aside from Kanye, who's achieved pretty much on par with him for km's covered at times), runs out all 4 Quarters, and gets injured comparatively rarely for our crew. If his body were to be in any way fragile it surely would have "broken down" by now, what with all the tunneling and three on one hammerings he's received from defenders over the years.

Not giving him the 4 would be madness. With Larkey developing into a talented force of his own, we need BBB more than ever to run tandem up there. 31 or 32 is nothing in a player like him. He's durable, and has got a tank to spare. He'll be fine.
 
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DunderHead

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Nah, Browny's one of our more solid players physically. Covers more ground than anyone else out there (aside from Kanye, who's achieved pretty much on par with him for km's covered at times), runs out all 4 Quarters, and gets injured comparatively rarely for our crew. If his body were to be in any way fragile it surely would have "broken down" by now, what with all the tunneling and three on one hammerings he's received from defenders over the years.

Not giving him the 4 would be madness. With Larkey developing into a talented force of his own, we need BBB more than ever to run tandem up there. 31 or 32 is nothing in a player like him. He's durable, and has got a tank to spare. He'll be fine.
He has an ongoing knee problem. I think there may be an undelying concern that it mind end his career early. This is based on speculation.
 

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The Filth Wizard

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Ok. So being cute and lowballing you best player who is your highest goal kicker is smart negotiating. Wonder what other players think about that?

I prefer the Eagles method with gun players. Darling, McGovern, Gaff, Yeo, Shuey al . We talk, agree, signed up long term no arguments, deal done no Cornes articles! :cool: :cool: :thumbsu: :thumbsu:

You think the Eagles know how contracts work?
Not many of those, if any, were signed in March. And IIRC in particular with McGovern and Gaff those ones dragged out very late, did they not? Gaff in particular went within a week, if not into, the FA/trade period.
 

Passmore

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Not many of those, if any, were signed in March. And IIRC in particular with McGovern and Gaff those ones dragged out very late, did they not? Gaff in particular went within a week, if not into, the FA/trade period.
Yeah I wouldn't call the Gaff re-signing as exactly smooth sailing.

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Shermanator

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Not many of those, if any, were signed in March. And IIRC in particular with McGovern and Gaff those ones dragged out very late, did they not? Gaff in particular went within a week, if not into, the FA/trade period.
Yeah I wouldn't call the Gaff re-signing as exactly smooth sailing.

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But, but, but... the Eagles Management are that hypnotic, they just smile and wink at every one of their players and they magically re-sign, right there, right on the spot..

** In all seriousness though, the nod and wink is the code sign that your new waterfront home in Scarborough (and outside the salary cap) is ready for occupancy **
 

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Mcarcherey

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give him 4 years - he's like higgins, very professional with his preparation and is unlikely to breakdown like your typical older players. Unlike most he'll prepare more as the years go by, whereas most older players do less.

only doubt is his vegan diet won't allow his body to recovery and perform at its optimum, hopefully that slowly changes as the myths are revealed.
 

Snake_Baker

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He's a running machine, so I can't see him losing too much in the way of conditioning, however, I suspect he has to show he can stand up to match simulation conditions by this time next week. Looking forward to reports from the track watchers.
 

Pykie

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He's a running machine, so I can't see him losing too much in the way of conditioning, however, I suspect he has to show he can stand up to match simulation conditions by this time next week. Looking forward to reports from the track watchers.
I think it's pretty evident from the murmurings around he isn't going to play.

There's talk of this possibly extending to Rnd 2 or 3.
 

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