MELBOURNE has signed forward Mitch Brown as a rookie for the 2020 season.

The former Bomber and Cat, who began training with the Demons on Tuesday after being invited last month, joins the red and blue during the AFL’s Supplemental Selection Period (SSP).

With 70 senior games to his name, General Manager of Football Operations Josh Mahoney said the 29-year-old will be a valuable addition to the club.

“We are pleased to officially welcome Mitch to Melbourne through the SSP and have him join us as a rookie for this season,” he told Melbourne Media.

“Mitch has shown great resilience throughout his career, and is a skilful, versatile player who has proven he is capable of having an impact at AFL level.

“We feel his experience at both ends of the ground and his elite endurance will make him a great addition to our list.

“We are confident Mitch will transition smoothly into our football program.”

Brown’s opportunity with the Demons comes after an extensive career to date, which began when he was drafted to Geelong with pick No.15 in the 2008 National Draft.

The versatile tall played 15 games for the Cats after making his debut in 2011, later joining Essendon at the end of 2015.

He tallied 16 senior matches and kicked 21 goals for the Bombers in 2019, taking his count to 68 career majors.

At 196cm, Brown is set to provide a strong presence around the ground for the Demons, as he aims to become a consistent contributor for the red and blue.