Suns won't rush Brown back

Written By Unknown on Minggu, 05 Mei 2013 | 12.50

Gold Coast hard man Campbell Brown. Picture: Michael Klein Source: Herald Sun

GOLD Coast coach Guy McKenna admits he's unlikely to rush Campbell Brown back into the Suns' line-up as the combative defender's suspension comes to an end.

Brown has been forced to sit on the sidelines for the first six rounds of the AFL season and the premiership player's aggression and experience were badly missed on Saturday against Fremantle.

The Dockers strangled the Suns to cruise to a comfortable 45-point win despite the two teams being all but level in several key statistics.

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But McKenna says his team is already carrying a few bodies who are struggling to get through a full game and to bring Brown straight back for next weekend's clash with Melbourne might be a risk too far.

"Might be a consideration but it might be a long one," McKenna said when asked about the former Hawthorn player.

"To throw another person in who might not be able to maintain AFL intensity for 120 minutes, my conservative nature says he might have to get a game somewhere else."

Another area where McKenna feels his hands are currently tied is in his selection of 2010 No.1 draft pick David Swallow in defence.

Swallow performed well against Hayden Ballantyne but there's a feeling his talents are being wasted in the backline.

McKenna says it was Swallow's teammates who needed to step up to ensure he and Dion Prestia were able to move forward.

"He's a good player and right now ... we actually need him playing close-checking, rebounding defensive work," McKenna said.

"He's clearly, along with Dion - another highly-rated midfielder - providing that for us.

"There's some others down there that should be doing that but aren't doing that."

Fremantle coach Ross Lyon is also making do with his team selection options with club captain Matthew Pavlich, ruckman Aaron Sandilands and rising star Stephen Hill all out injured.

But the Dockers sit 4-2 despite their injury concerns and Lyon was happy with how things have been going so far.

"I'll take 4-2. Could be worse, could be better," he said.

"I think it's about fair ... it's (Saturday's win) probably our first four-quarter performance."

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