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Cobra to return to Eagles’ nest

East Geelong will welcome back former co-captain Ash Brown in 2019. (krockfootball.com.au Image/Al Packer)

EAST Geelong will welcome back former co-captain and star forward Ash Brown in 2019.

The Eagles have confirmed Brown, who made one cameo appearance with East in 2018 in between stints with Gunghalin in Canberra and Glenmore in the AFL Capricorinia competition in Queensland, will be a permanent fixture at Richmond Crescent next year.

“It’s pretty exciting,” coach Jeremy Power said of Brown, who kicked 41 goals from 17 games in 2017 and represented the GDFL.

“One thing we couldn’t quite get right this year was our forward line and consistently kicking goals.

“The way he plays; he’s hard-working high-forward that takes the game on, which, from a coaching point-of-view, gives us a real structure.

The Eagles, who finished with just four wins in 2018, also appear to have made a quality addition in Nathan Berry from Goulburn Valley league club Shepparton.

Also a forward, he has made 16 senior appearances in one of the strongest country leagues in Victoria.

“He’s an athletics tall, skilful and can run,” Power said of the 21-year-old.

“He had a few injuries this year, so he didn’t play a lot of footy.”

The return of Brown and arrival of Berry appears to be well-timed with key forward Bobby Griffiths unlikely to play in 2019 after 54 goals in 21 games over the last two seasons since arriving from Rutherglen.

“He’s weighing it (playing) up at the moment,” Power said.

“After a couple of years with knee injuries, it’s taken its toll a little bit.

“At this stage, he’s unlikely. But once the footy rolls around, I’ll be keen to have a chat with him again.

“He’s been really open with how his body’s travelling.”

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