Brown wants Tippett at Suns

Sportal August 15, 2012, 10:36 am
Kurt Tippett

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Gold Coast utility Campbell Brown has urged the Suns to make a play for star Adelaide forward Kurt Tippett, who is reportedly contemplating a return to Queensland at the end of this year.

The 25-year-old from Southport is entertaining offers from both his hometown club and the Brisbane Lions after putting negotiations with the second-placed Crows on hold until the end of the season.

Brown, who kicked three goals in Gold Coast's 30-point win over GWS on Saturday, said the team's developing forward line needs a player of Tippett's calibre.

"He's a fantastic footballer and he'd fit right in at the Suns," he said.

"Sam Day and Tom Lynch have given us some really good structure this year and competed well, but another big guy would add another dimension there to the mix and take a bit of pressure off some of those young guys.

"If he decides to come to the Suns, we'd be more than happy."

Tippett owns two houses on the tourist strip, and it is understood tenants are about to vacate one of them.

However, the Lions are poised to spoil any plans for a Gold Coast homecoming with a multi-year, multi-million dollar deal for the former basketballer.

Earlier this week, Adelaide legend Mark Ricciuto stoked the fire by claiming Tippett was a 'greater than 90 per cent chance' of returning to the Sunshine State.

"The boys have obviously met (Kurt) a few times and seen him floating around down here near his house, so we see him while he's getting a coffee every now and then," Brown said.

"I know a few of the boys know his brother (Joel) very well, who played here last year.

"A big power forward, they're hard to come by in the AFL and he'd be fantastic."

In the meantime, the Suns will tackle in-form Hawthorn this weekend on the back of their first win at Metricon Stadium.

Brown, who played in the Hawks' 2008 premiership side before joining Gold Coast for their inaugural AFL campaign, says he has a score to settle with Lance Franklin from the last time he faced his former team.

"Buddy got me a ripper in the back pocket there, so I remember that. I hope he plays, I hope he comes back from his hammy," he said.

"I'm still very close to a lot of the Hawks boys and they've texted me already telling me I'm in the gun and that they're going to put a bit of work into me. (It is) nothing that I don't expect.

"Hopefully it's a fantastic game for us and they're one of the benchmark sides in the competition, so I'm really looking forward to it."

Brown, 28, also indicated he is unlikely to play on beyond 2013, which is the final year of his current contract.

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