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Brown should reconsider style: Luke Power

By Laine Clark 18/07/2011 04:58:48 PM Comments (0)

No one doubts Jonathan Brown's courage - but Brisbane Lions teammate Luke Power reckons the time has come for his skipper to reconsider his brave style.

However, Power is not holding his breath.

Brown is not expected to play again in 2011 after being booked for his second facial operation this season following a sickening head knock in Sunday's 29-point AFL loss to Geelong.

He also missed six games after having metal plates inserted into his cheekbone and eye socket following another horror collision in the opening round.

While Power backed Brown to come back "bigger and better", the Lions veteran said it was time the skipper's playing style was addressed by coach Michael Voss.

Power said Brown's courage was inspirational - but their captain was more useful on the footy field than on an operating table.

"I am sure it is best that he will sit down with Voss - I am sure Brownie will think about the way he plays the game," Power said on Monday.

"I am sure he will have one million people telling him how he should play the game.

"But it is important that he is out there for us because we do miss him - he's a big loss."

However, Power didn't think Brown would - or could - change his style at 29 years of age.

Certainly Power wasn't volunteering to ask the giant forward to slow down.

"Do you want to tell him?" Power said of the 195cm, 104kg powerhouse.

"Are you going to tell him to give it away?

"He would probably be thinking about playing this week, knowing him.

"That is something for him to look at ... but a leopard doesn't change its spots.

"Once you have played one way your whole career it is pretty hard to change.

"It is ingrained into him - he is a genuinely tough guy.

"Unfortunately this season it has probably got him into a bit of trouble."

Power was reassured about his skipper's current plight by a quick chat with Brown's wife Kylie.

"She says he is in good spirits," he said.

"He's a pretty strong and vigilant guy - this will only be a minor setback for him.

"I am sure he will come back bigger and better."

Power could even crack a smile when the off-contract veteran midfielder was asked if he had played his last game with Brown.

"Gees, that's a bit sombre," he laughed.

"No, I don't think so."

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