Magpies score Brown, Guerra

FOOTBALL'S bad boy, Campbell Brown, is coming to Tasmania to play for the Devonport Magpies.

The 30-year-old yesterday finalised a deal that will see him play in the Good Friday night game against the Burnie Dockers on April 18.

Coming with Brown is his former Hawthorn teammate Brent Guerra, who ended his AFL career after winning last year's flag with the Hawks.

Devonport president Shane Yates said his club had responded after being approached and told that Campbell and Guerra would be available to play.

``It is a coup for the club to have Campbell and Brent pulling the jumper on for us,'' Yates said.

Yates made the announcement at a players meeting last night.

Brown told Yates he was keen to play at Devonport as he retained a friendship with Grant Birchall, which started when they were teammates at Hawthorn.

Brown's colourful and controversial AFL career came to an abrupt end last month when he was sacked by the Gold Coast Suns.

The Suns had finalised an investigation into an incident during an end-of-season trip in Los Angeles when he was accused of breaking the jaw of teammate Steven May.

It was the latest in a series of altercations involving Brown and his sacking brought to an end an AFL career that yielded 159 games with Hawthorn from 2002 to 2010 and then a further 46 with the Suns.

Apart from being a member of Hawthorn's premiership side in 2008, he was also an All-Australian and played in two international series.

Yates said he was anticipating good crowd response to the appearance of Brown and Guerra at Devonport.

``The match will start at 6pm and will not be in conflict with the two NTFL games rostered on Good Friday,'' he said.

Yates said Brown and Guerra would be in Devonport on Easter Thursday for a sports forum and would then conduct a junior clinic the following Saturday morning.

Yates is not expecting any clearance issues for Brown and Guerra.

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