Brown, Glass renew rivalry
Darren Glass crashes into Jonathan Brown. Pic: AFL Media

Jonathan Brown first squared off against West Coast skipper Darren Glass 13 years ago and the Lion king says little has changed with a man he rates among the best five defenders he has faced.

Though emerging Eagles back man Eric Mackenzie is likely to get first crack at Brown on Sunday, it wouldn't be a total shock if the inspirational forward, in his 100th match as Lions captain, found himself stood by Glass for periods of the match.

In doing so, the pair would renew a rivalry at the Gabba that started at the national under-18s championship in 1999 when they played for Victoria Country and WA respectively.

Both skippers have since forged decorated careers on opposite sides of the country.

Brown, 30, played in three premierships as a young centre half- forward in the great Brisbane team of the early 2000s.

He has won three club best-and- fairest awards, two All-Australian jumpers and it is fitting his latest milestone will be achieved at home.

Glass' career has been equally impressive with one flag, three club champion medals and three All-Australian selections.

The 31-year-old re-signed for next season on the back of his runner-up finish in Ross Glendinning Medal voting for last Sunday's western derby and has shown no signs of slowing.

Brown said Glass was just as determined now as the teenager he played on more than a decade ago.

"I think he's been a fantastic leader for them, just goes about his business with no frills," Brown said.

"You look forward to matching yourself against the great defenders. He's definitely in the top handful of defenders I've played on throughout my career.

"He's just very dour, very determined and never gives up - they're always the toughest defenders to play on."

The Eagles yesterday added Koby Stevens, Ashton Hams, Mitch Brown, Tom Swift and Scott Lycett to the team that beat Fremantle.

Stevens is likely to replace the suspended Luke Shuey, with one of the other four to come in for Sam Butler (hamstring).

Brisbane recalled ruckman Ben Hudson to replace youngster Billy Longer, who has a back injury.

Simon Black (knee) also is out. Niall McKeever, Claye Beams, Jared Polec and Patrick Karnezis were added to the squad.

The Lions have not beaten a top-eight side in two years and Brown said ending that drought would be crucial for the confidence of his young team.

"You look forward to playing the best sides," Brown said.

The West Australian

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