Campbell Brown heads to the Suns
Campbell Brown heads to the Suns

Hawthorn utility Campbell Brown is the latest big name to join new AFL side the Gold Coast Suns.

Brown, a 2008 premiership winner, has told Hawks coach Alistair Clarkson and his team mates that he will move to Queensland.

The Suns will be unveiled tomorrow, with Brown strongly considered for the leadership roles of either captain or vice-captain.

"While it is disappointing to lose such a quality player, all clubs know their lists are vulnerable over this period with the entry of two new clubs," said Hawthorn chief executive Stuart Fox.

"The club and our members have loved the way Campbell has gone about his footy while at Hawthorn and we feel we have invested heavily over the years in developing him into the respected footballer that he is today."

Brown joins Adelaide's Nathan Bock, Michael Rischitelli of Brisbane and Nathan Krakouer of Port Adelaide, who have all agreed terms with the new outfit.

Geelong Brownlow medallist Gary Ablett is yet to reveal whether he will take up a lucrative offer from Gold Coast or stay with the Cats.

While losing Brown is a blow to the Hawks, who were expecting the player to spurn the Suns' advances, it will give them a lot more freedom in their salary cap and allow them to move for Fremantle defender Chris Tarrant, who is leaving the Dockers to head back to Melbourne.

Bulldogs defender Jarrod Harbrow has also been linked with the Suns, who have not given up hope of enticing out-of-contract Fremantle midfielder David Mundy to Queensland either, and their aggressive recruiting policy has upset a number of AFL clubs.

However, coach Guy McKenna was unrepentant at Monday night's All-Australian dinner, joking he was becoming "one of the most friendless people in football".

McKenna said he made no apology for using the rules set down by the AFL to assemble the strongest squad possible.

Brown, the son of WA footy legend Mal Brown, played 159 games for Hawthorn after being selected by the club with pick No.32 in the 2001 draft.

He was later at the centre of a messy trade dispute between Hawthorn and Port Adelaide.

The West Australian

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