IT WAS the question Jonathan Brown knew would come, but that didn’t make it easier to answer.Brown was sitting face to face – albeit via video-conference link – with Daniel Bradshaw. The pair are former teammates, spent a decade together – most of it alongside each other in the Lions’ forward line – played together in 140 games, including three grand finals, and won two flags. But more significantly the pair, who both grew up in country Victoria before heading to Brisbane, were, and still are, good mates.The mateship remained but everything else changed last October when Bradshaw, a valued servant for 14 seasons with the Lions, was offered as trade bait to Carlton for Brendan Fevola. That deal wasn’t done but the damage was. A gutted Bradshaw walked away from the club, and eventually landed at the Swans, while Brisbane snared Fevola.It didn’t take long for the Sydney media to ask Brown whether he thought the Lions made the right move getting Fevola at Bradshaw’s expense. ”You open up with a good one there,” Brown said. ”I’m not comfortable to answer that, mate.”Then followed five seconds of awkward silence, while everyone waited to see if he would elaborate.”At the end of the day both clubs have benefited from it,” he said. ”Who’s there and who’s not, we can argue about that all day long and footy fans will argue about that, but both players are playing well for both clubs.”Braddy is a close mate of mine so it’s just … at the end of the day I’m just happy he’s playing good footy.”Quizzed on whether it was one of his tougher moments hearing Bradshaw was leaving, Brown said he had no doubt, but that is football.”It’s always disappointing to see a great player go and a great mate go, but players play and management manages, so we go along with the decisions that have been made,” said Brown, who said he was a definite starter for the SCG clash between the Swans and the Lions after battling a ”sore stomach” last week.”That’s the business of football unfortunately. I obviously can’t really comment about too much because I’m still at the same footy club.”Bradshaw has made it clear he’s moved on from the decision made by his former club and its coach – his premiership-winning teammate Michael Voss.He feels ”somewhere down the track we’ll be able to work it out”, but realises like Brown that player movement is part of football.”I don’t want to spend too much energy worrying about it,” Bradshaw said. ”It’s fair to say I’m over it now. I’ve moved on and it’s not something I think about any more, but I’d be lying if I said I wouldn’t be a little bit nervous heading into Saturday.”We [he and Brown] haven’t really spoken too much about it [what went on]. I’m not really looking back, I’m more about looking forward, and not worrying about what happened six or seven months ago.”Bradshaw said he would ”catch up” with a few former teammates after Saturday’s game, but the coach? ”No, I don’t think so,” he said.Bradshaw said he was ”obviously very keen to do well,” but winning was what mattered.”I wouldn’t want to play well and we lose,” he said. ”If I don’t kick a goal and we still end up in front I’ll be a happy man.”
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