Calleum Brown in action in the VFL.
Calleum Brown in action in the VFL.

Prized father-son recruit set for Magpies bow

COLLINGWOOD midfielder Steele Sidebottom says prized father-son draftee Callum Brown is a chance to make his debut against Hawthorn on Saturday night after a standout performance in the VFL last Saturday.

Brown had 31 disposals, seven clearances and kicked a goal in the Magpies' loss to Werribee and has been steadily building up his form since returning from a bout of glandular fever.

He is averaging just over 21 disposals in his five VFL matches.

The son of former Collingwood captain Gavin Brown, Callum displays similarities to his father with his ferocious attack on the ball.

"Yeah he's definitely a chance (to play),” Sidebottom said of a possible debut against the Hawks.

"He was obviously struck (down) with glandular (fever) in the pre-season so that set him back a little bit.

"But since Cal has started back playing he's been first class. His attack on the ball, he's probably much like his dad - he just goes flat out and has no respect for his body and those kinds of things.

"I'm sure his opportunity isn't far away and he just needs to be playing consistent footy and he'll be playing before you know it, I'm sure.”

Brown was considered a Round 1 bolter early in the pre-season after impressing in match practice before being struck down with illness.

Collingwood will be forced to make at least one change to the team that suffered a heartbreaking loss to GWS last Saturday with swingman Ben Reid to miss with a quad injury.

Gun midfielder Adam Treloar will train in the club's main session today in a bid to prove he's overcome the ankle complaint that kept him out of the loss to the Giants.

The Magpies take on the Hawks, who have their own injury concerns, at the MCG on Saturday night.

Cyril Rioli, Ben Stratton and James Frawley will all be missing through injury.

But Sidebottom says the Magpies won't underestimate Hawthorn despite the injury toll that also includes premiership defender Grant Birchall.

"This year definitely in the competition you can't take any team lightly,” Sidebottom told SEN. "We'll definitely not do that against the Hawks this week.

"We'll have our pre-match meeting (for) the Hawks opposition this morning and we'll go through them thoroughly and try and get the win this week.”

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