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Ex-Saint signs with Heads

Former St Kilda defender Nathan Brown has signed with BFL club Barwon Heads. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

BARWON Heads have landed a massive recruiting coup with recently retired St Kilda and Collingwood defender Nathan Brown joining the reigning BFL premier.

A member of the Magpies’ 2010 premiership team, Brown played 183 AFL games before announcing his retirement in July after returning from the Saints’ hub in Queensland to be with his family.

“(I’m) very pleased to be joining a great club, with a great culture in a great town,” Brown, who turns 32 in December, told the Seagulls’ website.

“After moving down in late 2019, my family and I are very excited on becoming a part of the Barwon Heads community.

“My daughters are enjoying life with their new friends, and my wife Liana is opening up her wellness space, Studio Barwon Heads.

“We look forward to an exciting 2021 and beyond.”

Brown played 130 games for the Magpies after being drafted with pick No.10 in the 2006 National Draft from TAC Cup club North Ballarat.

He joined the Saints as an unrestricted free agent ahead of the 2017 season and managed 53 appearances in red, white and black.

The addition of Brown comes as the Seagulls confirmed the re-signing of premiership trio Matt Dyer, Brock Close and Otto Opperman.

It comes less than a fortnight after Barwon Heads announced the signing of half of its drought-breaking flag side.

Seb Kent, Tim Chapman, Noah Young and Nic Sutton have also committed, as have 2020 additions Sam Torpy and Riley Berg.

“It is exciting for the club and our coaches that the playing group are committing early, and we all sense that this group can continue to improve and have success if we continue to work hard and improve,” co-coach Troy Mitchell said.

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