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Harry Collier Trophy: Callum Brown

The Brown surname is synonymous with the Copeland Trophy. 
 
However in 2017, it’s Callum – not father Gavin – who will take the Crown Palladium stage. 
 
In Collingwood’s year of father-sons, it’s only fitting for 19-year-old Brown to be awarded the Harry Collier Trophy for the Magpies’ best first-year player. 
 
The Magpies blooded three rookies in 2017. Brown was the first to debut, before being joined by Josh Daicos and Kayle Kirby. 
 
As was the case with Tom Phillips a year prior, Nathan Buckley and the selection committee didn’t hesitate to throw Brown in the deep end early. Over 70,000 fans watched on at the MCG as he played his first game for the Magpies on Queens Birthday. 
 
He played again after the bye, before returning to the VFL Magpies for a four-game stretch in the middle of the season. 
 
Strong form saw the slender midfielder back on the big stage in round 21 with 11 disposals on the road against Port Adelaide.  
 
This number grew to 19 touches by round 23 as he solidified his place in the team as a young Magpie on the rise.  
 
AFL season complete, Brown wasn’t done yet. Joining fellow first-year players Kirby, Daicos, and Sam McLarty in a VFL final at North Port Oval, he displayed maturity beyond his years in a 32-disposal, seven-clearance performance.  

And so the trophy cabinet at the Brown household grows a new piece of Collingwood silverware to go with Gavin’s three Copeland’s, one runner up, three third placings, one best finals player, four most courageous and two best teammate awards.  
 
It’s only a start for Callum. But it’s a very good one. 
 
Along with his Harry Collier Trophy for Collingwood’s best first-year player, Brown was also awarded a Tag Heuer Aquaracer 300M Quartz watch.