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Hawks aim to keep Campbell Brown

27/08/2010 07:30:59 PM Comments (0)

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson remains "pretty confident" that Campbell Brown will knock back an offer from AFL newcomers Gold Coast.

Brown has finally confirmed speculation over the last few months that he is a recruiting target of the Suns, saying he will decide on an offer at the end of the season.

"We're still pretty confident he's going to be a Hawks player next year," Clarkson said.

"Browny has been at our footy club for a long, long period of time.

"He knows us well, we know him very well and we take him on face value that we'll make the decision together at the end of the year."

Clarkson admitted to frustration that Gold Coast can sign Brown as an uncontracted player under their recruiting concessions.

But he acknowledged that Hawks had also snared Shaun Burgoyne from Port Adelaide and Josh Gibson from North Melbourne in the last off-season.

"We're all guilty of it, aren't we?," Clarkson said.

"You're put in an environment, you try to be the best you can possibly be to secure silverware for your club and you're going to do everything you possibly can to fast-track that.

"If we've got a strong, stable club, we'll be able to retain those players as best we can.

"By and large, to date, we've been able to do that pretty well."

Meanwhile, Adelaide have also confirmed that ruckman Jon Griffin wants a trade to WA, his home state.

"Jon Griffin has indicated that he has some personal issues back home in Perth that he would like to be involved in and therefore if possible would like to be traded back to one of the WA teams," the Crows said in a statement.

"He understands that that if a win-win deal cannot be done, he is happy to stay in Adelaide and continue his career here.

"The club is sympathetic to Jon's wishes and will work towards a deal that is a positive for all parties."

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