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Pickering slams Eagles for Brown block
Mitch Brown. Picture: AFL Media.

Mitch Brown's manager Liam Pickering has urged West Coast to reconsider their refusal to trade the key defender to St Kilda, saying they are depriving him of the chance to play in the AFL.

Brown won the Chris Mainwaring Medal as West Coast's best clubman last Friday night, but asked the Eagles to trade him to the Saints the next day.

He played just eight games in 2012 as the Eagles preferred Darren Glass, Eric Mackenzie and Will Schofield as tall defenders.

Seven of Brown's eight appearances came when one of the main trio weren't available.

West Coast are negotiating with St Kilda in a separate trade for Jamie Cripps and the Saints wanted Brown to be part of that deal.

However, the Eagles are steadfast that Brown, a Victorian who is contracted until the end of 2013, will remain in WA next season.

Pickering said Brown wanted to play more AFL games and had been promised opportunities with St Kilda which West Coast couldn't offer.

"They can't guarantee him a game. That was my discussion with West Coast. They understand that," Pickering told AFL Trade Radio.

"He's probably the fourth in line there. He'll be centre half-back at St Kilda. That's the position we're coming from.

"We've told West Coast a couple of times now that he wants out.

"I spoke to Mitch. He's over in the (United) States at the moment and he relayed to me that he doesn't want to be at West Coast next year.

"He wants to play for St Kilda."

West Coast have declared he is a required player who won't be traded under any circumstances.

The club doesn't have a proven back-up defender if Glass, Mackenzie or Schofield are injured.

Brown spoke passionately about his season and career when accepting the Chris Mainwaring Medal, thanking the club for moulding him as a person.

"This year was a challenging year for me, but certainly I didn't go backwards in my football. I've got a lot of people to thank for that," Brown said.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to really thank my teammates. The past six years I've been at this club, they've been the reason why I turn up every day for training."

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