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Brown's Bold Move

Callum Brown on his first weeks as a GIANT Irish recruit Callum Brown talks to GIANTSTV about his first few weeks at the club and how he's fitting in.
Callum Brown is settling in to life in the orange and charcoal. - GWS Giants,Callum Brown,AFL
Callum Brown is settling in to life in the orange and charcoal.
It’s a really bold move from an 18-year-old kid to move from the other side of the world and chase his dream to play AFL footy.
GIANTS Head Coach Leon Cameron

In the history of the GIANTS, just two players have played in the number 46 guernsey for a total of six games.

Bret Thornton pulled on the number in his only appearance for the club in 2013 before Dylan Addison played five games in the jumper across two seasons. 

Now, Irish recruit Callum Brown is looking to make it his own.

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The Category B Rookie, who joined the GIANTS last month, knows all too well about his number's history, with Addison assisting in his move to Sydney as the club's Welfare & Player Development Manager.

"Dylan yeah," Brown says with a laugh. "I thought I'd take his number just to make him happy.

"Everyone was telling me to go for 44 but I thought nah, I'll take 46.

"A number's just a number for me." 

Neither of Brown's forebearers kicked a goal wearing the number 46, but Brown could very well be the first.

While he often played in the Gaelic Football equivalent of a midfield role for Derry in the GAA, the 18-year-old will take up a forward role in 2019.

"This year at county level I played at full forward, but last year I played glimpses (in the midfield), and it just depends on how the game's going," Brown said.

"If we were maybe down a few points I'd go in. I think I'll play in more of a forward role hopefully they'll put me in."

GIANTS Head Coach Leon Cameron said while it might take time for Brown to settle into the game, he’s glad the ‘powerful’ forward made the move.

“It’s a really bold move from an 18-year-old kid to move from the other side of the world and chase his dream to play AFL footy,” he said.

“He chose us after we put some work into him and we’re really glad that he has.” 

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While Brown made a name for himself in Gaelic Football, he also excelled in soccer, being on the books of Belfast club Linfield FC. 

Now taking on his third code of football, Brown is slowly finding his feet. 

"It's not much different, the drills we do back home are quite similar," he said. 

"Obviously the ball's different, so it's going to be a little harder to handle but yeah I'm coping well." 

In his three weeks of pre-season training, Brown has so far brushed off the hot weather and that odd-shaped ball, but he's been stumped by one thing: Australian slang. 

"I'm not used to the slang, it's going to take me a while to get used to it," he said.

"Everything they're saying, I'm thinking 'I haven't a clue here, what's this?' but I'll try and get the hang of it."