MITCH Brown is an AFL player, again, and he couldn’t be happier.
The 196cm key forward joined Melbourne as a rookie via the AFL’s Supplemental Selection Period (SSP) on Tuesday and can’t wait to get started.
“It’s bloody exciting to be honest,” Brown told Melbourne Media.
“I wasn’t really sure what was going to go on once I got the chop from the Dons, but very excited and very thankful for the opportunity.”
Brown, who played 15 games for Geelong and 55 for Essendon, has spent 10 years in the AFL system and will transition smoothly into life as a Dee.
And although being delisted by the Bombers was a disappointing end to 2019, the 29-year-old knows exactly what he wants to get out of next season.
“I’m not here to be depth I guess, I’m here to play senior football,” Brown said.
“So hopefully I can do that.”
The former no.15 draft pick believes he still has plenty of good football still ahead of him and is keen to make the most of this opportunity.
“[I’m] so hungry to be honest,” Brown said.
“I feel like I haven’t achieved what I want to achieve in my career.
“At 29 I still feel like I have a few years left, so it’s exciting.”
Although Brown hasn’t been in at the club over the past month, he has kept his training standards high, preparing for his third chance at AFL level.
“You have to these days I guess, you can’t afford not to train over the break,” he said.
“I kind of knew maybe a couple of weeks ago that the Dees were kind of keen on me, so I had to train pretty hard over the last couple of weeks and I feel like I’m ready.”
Brown’s first day in the red and blue was on the lighter side, but he enjoyed getting into AAMI Park and meeting his new teammates.
“It’s been good fun,” he said.
“Just weights this morning, pretty cruisy day. I think tomorrow’s meant to be a big day so it’s exciting.”
The Dees’ newest recruit will be out on Gosch’s Paddock on Wednesday morning for his first main session with the club.