West Coast defender Mitch Brown says he isn't bitter about the club refusing to trade him last season and he now wants to remain an Eagle beyond this year.
Brown asked the Eagles to trade him to St Kilda at the end of last season after the Saints offered him a contract and more game time.
But West Coast refused because he was contracted, even though he sat behind captain Darren Glass, Eric Mackenzie and Will Schofield in the club's defensive pecking order.
Brown won the Chris Mainwaring Medal last year for best clubman. He said being told that he was an important part of the squad when he tried to move back home to Melbourne made him want to stay in Perth long term.
"Yes, it's nice to feel wanted," Brown said.
"Mentally, I'm just focused on the Eagles. I'm not even thinking about next year. For my career, it's important to play AFL this year and I'll do all I can to do that.
"If that means I start round one in the WAFL, then that's how it goes. I'm happy. Straight away, as soon as it (trade) didn't happen, I accepted it. I spoke to Woosh (coach John Worsfold) straight away afterwards and said I'll still be committed 110 per cent to this footy club. Once it happened, I forgot about it and put my focus into this season."
Brown played as the substitute against Collingwood in Perth during the club's round two NAB Cup match, but increased his game time against Port Adelaide in Alice Springs last Saturday night.
The 195cm, 93kg back man played alongside Glass, Mackenzie and Schofield against the Power and is confident they can play in the same team during the home-and-away season.
The 24-year-old said he could play on small forwards as well as key- position talls. A crunching tackle on the Power's Andrew Moore early in the match showed Brown's intent and ability to compete when the ball was on the ground.
But having played only eight games last year and six in 2011, Brown said he was ready to return to the WAFL with East Fremantle if West Coast wanted.
"If you ask me, I'll say yes (we can play together), but it's just the team dynamics and how the match committee want it. I'm happy either way and if I'm not (playing), I'll just wait my time," he said.
"I told Woosh after the season last year that I'm happy to do a pre- season to win my spot in this team. I'm not going to be angry or anything.
"I wasn't angry last year playing in the WAFL for most of the year."For my career, it's important to play AFL this year and I'll do all I can to do that. " *Mitch Brown *
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