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Roo requests trade to Demons

Ben Brown in action for North Melbourne (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

TWO of the AFL’s top available forwards have nominated their next clubs with North Melbourne’s Ben Brown requesting a trade to Melbourne and Jesse Hogan bound for Greater Western Sydney.

Brown was encouraged to explore his options back in September and on Monday, the Kangaroos confirmed the 27-year-old wanted to join the Demons.

“We spoke honestly with Ben in September about the direction of our football club and what was best for his career, and we committed to finding an outcome that would suit both parties,” Kangaroos general manager of football Brady Rawlings said.

“As Ben has nominated his preferred club, we will now work to secure a trade that is a good outcome for the club.”

Brown is a four-time leading goalkicker for the Kangaroos with 287 majors in 130 games but struggled with form and injury this year.

His impending arrival is likely to see contracted forward Tom McDonald depart, given the Demons also have young talls Sam Weideman and Luke Jackson in their attack.

Meanwhile, the Giants and Dockers have already agreed to Hogan’s switch despite the trade period not commencing until Wednesday.

Fremantle football manager Peter Bell said details of the trade will be finalised soon.

“Following a series of discussions between the club, Jesse and his management it was mutually agreed that it was in Jesse’s best interests to further his playing career by moving away from WA,” Bell said.

“Due to injury and other factors, he was unable to play at the level we all know he is capable of.”

Contracted at the Dockers until the end of next year, Hogan has struggled to live up to expectations after his high-profile move from Melbourne in 2018.

The Dockers were quietly trying to offload the 25-year-old and Hogan looms as a replacement for Jeremy Cameron with the star forward destined to join Geelong.

Hogan has played 19 games with the Dockers, kicking 18 goals, but also spent time in defence this year.

He was traded to the Dockers for draft picks six and 23 after kicking 152 goals from 71 games at Melbourne.

Hogan said he will be “forever in debt” to how Fremantle supported him during struggles with his mental health.

(C) AAP 2020