Third head injury in 12 months has Brown pondering his playing future

Jonathan Brown is assisted from the field at The Gabba on Saturday night. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

Jonathan Brown is assisted from the field at The Gabba on Saturday night. Picture: GETTY IMAGES

In a dramatic twist, Brisbane Lions veteran Jonathan Brown has not ruled out retirement after copping yet another sickening head knock.

Lions coach Justin Leppitsch initially played down Brown’s game-changing concussion, suffered in Saturday night’s historic 45-point AFL loss to Greater Western Sydney, even wondering aloud if follow-up scans were required.

But Brown, drafted to the Lions in 1999 from South Warrnambool, admitted he may have to consider his future this week after suffering his third heavy head knock in 12 months.

“You obviously have to weigh up these things. I’m getting to the end of my career,” he told Channel Nine’s The Sunday Footy Show. “To be honest I’m not frightened by that (retirement) prospect.

“I’ve committed to a full season so I’d like to get through a full season, but sometimes these things happen and I’ve just got to weigh it up.

“At the end of the day if that’s it, there’s nothing I can do about it, but I’m leaning towards playing.”

In his 15th AFL season, 32-year-old Brown said he would make a measured decision after consulting medical staff.

“I’ll consult the doctors this week and obviously my wife (Kylie) and we’ll see where things are at but I’m pretty keen to play a full season that’s for sure,” Brown said.

“We’ll just let the dust settle. I don’t think the first 24 hours is the time to make rash decisions.”

Brown’s short-term future appears to be decided — he is unlikely to contest Brisbane’s away clash with Fremantle on Saturday.

Brown initially appeared cleared of structural damage to his face despite leaving the field with a bloody nose and a “shiner” after he ran backwards into a contest and his head collected Giants defender Tomas Bugg’s hip early in the third term. AAP