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Ben Brown meets with Melbourne

Essendon and Fremantle are among the other clubs who have been linked to Brown. He is not a free agent, having been recruited to North as a mature-age player from the VFL and only served seven seasons at Arden Street.

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Brown is one of at least five experienced and proven key forwards who could be on the move during the trade and free agency period next month.

Joe Daniher is bound for Brisbane after exercising his rights as a restricted free agent, however Essendon have threatened to force the Lions into a trade for the 2017 All-Australian and Bombers best and fairest.

Geelong find themselves in a similar boat after Greater Western Sydney indicated they were highly likely to match a bid for Jeremy Cameron following the 2019 Coleman medallist’s decision to exercise his restricted free agency rights, with a preference to move to the Cats.

Melbourne’s Tom McDonald, who has fallen by the wayside because of form and injury over the past couple of seasons, is also gettable but has two years to run on a lucrative contract. McDonald’s former teammate Jesse Hogan has been put on the trade table by Fremantle despite having a year to run on his contract.

St Kilda are after depth in their tall stocks, while Collingwood are also on the lookout for a tall forward, provided they have the salary cap space.

Having axed 11 players at the end of the season, and set to lose Shaun Higgins to Geelong as well as Brown, North have indicated to industry sources that they will look to the delisted free agent pool to pick up players, as well as heading heavily to the draft and acquiring defender Aidan Corr from GWS on a long-term deal as a free agent. The Kangaroos are also dealing with the prospect of a new senior coach after Rhyce Shaw took time away from the club to deal with personal issues.

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