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Michael Whiting  January 15, 2013 7:26 AM

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Campbell Brown says he won't temper his playing style

CAMPBELL Brown will not temper his aggression despite having to sit out the first six weeks of the season due to suspension.

The Gold Coast enforcer was hit with the ban after the final round of last season when he delivered a high front-on bump on Adelaide's Aiden Riley.

Brown is no stranger to sitting on the sidelines in his 192-game career, with his most recent suspension a four-week ban for separate incidents on Barry Hall and Callan Ward against the Western Bulldogs in 2011.

The 29-year-old Hawthorn premiership player said although he would have to "get the balance right" there was no point changing his style of game.

"I don't think it's something I can temper too much because I think if I do, I'll be useless out there, because it's one of my main attributes," Brown said.

"The coaches certainly haven't told me I've got to temper it. I've got to get the balance right because obviously I'm no good sitting on the sidelines.

"I've got to make sure that when I do [go to bump], I get it right, because when I don't, the ramification are quite high."

Brown said although he undoubtedly got Riley high, the suspension was a little unlucky – not the sentence, just his timing.

"It was a split second decision. The week before that I put a bump on Brock McLean and it was perfect and you go into the next game not thinking of getting rubbed out – I mistimed it slightly," he said.

Brown played mainly forward last year and was prominent in the latter stages of the season.

He has looked sharp for much of the pre-season and is expected to play three or four of the Suns' NAB Cup matches before cooling his heels when the premiership matches get underway.

With coach Guy McKenna and high performance manager Stephen Schwerdt, Brown said the club would formulate a training plan for his six-week absence that would optimise his fitness without flattening him.

Speaking after training on Monday, Brown was still on a high after the horse he part owns, Sweet Idea, finished second in Saturday's Magic Million on the Gold Coast.

Brown is one of 10 owners and rode an emotional rollercoaster as Sweet Idea led until being pipped by a short neck by Real Surreal.

"At least playing in a final or a Grand Final you can control a few things like how you train and prepare whereas it's all in the hands of (trainer) Gai [Waterhouse] and the jockey and how the horse goes," Brown said.

"I felt more nervous just because I couldn't control as much.

"I think 1000 horses got sold at the sales last year and 17 made the field, so the percentages are already pretty slim and there's obviously only one winner, so to come second out of 1000 is pretty extraordinary."

Michael Whiting covers Gold Coast news for AFL.com.au. Follow him on Twitter: @AFL_mikewhiting