A SECOND delisted footballer will train with Melbourne in the pre-season, with ex-Bomber Mitch Brown to join Harley Bennell at Gosch's Paddock.

Essendon made the surprising decision not to offer Brown a new deal despite him kicking 21 goals in 16 games this year – and with spearhead Joe Daniher barely playing the past two seasons.

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The 29-year-old looms as an ideal addition for the Demons, who aren't flush with tall forwards and had few other options while Tom McDonald and Sam Weideman went through form slumps.

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Melbourne football boss Josh Mahoney told the club's website that Brown would begin training after the drafts on December 3.

"Mitch is an experienced versatile tall and has shown that he can perform at AFL level," Mahoney said.

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"He is an elite runner and a reliable shot at goal, so it will be good to have him around the club during the pre-season."

Both Brown, who has played 70 games for the Cats and Bombers, and former Docker and Sun Bennell would sign for Melbourne in the pre-season supplemental selection period.


The veteran duo would fill the Demons' final two Category A rookie-list spots if they are recruited.

Melbourne also made two SSP signings last year, with Casey products Corey Wagner and Jay Lockhart becoming Demons.