Campbell Brown got a good look at Jack Martin at the Gold Coast Suns back in 2013 when the midfielder was only 17.
The premiership Hawk was incredibly impressed with him at the time and even felt he could become the game’s best player.
“I think he’s a very, very good footballer. In fact, I thought he could almost be the best in the competition when I first saw him as a 17-year-old up on the Gold Coast, so he just needs to get a bit of a rocket and get fit,” Brown told SEN Breakfast.
Martin could not secure a move out of the Gold Coast, with Carlton unable to get a deal done for him in the trade period.
However, SEN Breakfast’s Sam Edmund expects him to land at Ikon Park.
“We think they’re going to get him in the Pre-Season Draft. That’s almost been half arranged there,” he said.
“They will front-end the contract, make it impossible for Melbourne to take him salary cap wise.”
Brown believes Martin is worth a punt at the reported $700,000.
“($700,000 per season) is not that hefty when you think about it,” he said.
“I think if you get him out of the Gold Coast Suns environment, Andrew Russell was the Hawthorn fitness guy for 15 years – the best in the business.
“He will ride Jack like a beaten favourite and get him as fit as he has ever been.
“Then his stints in the midfield will be longer and you can use him across half back for his good decision making. He can kick goals up forward.”
Martin played 97 games for the Suns, averaging 18 disposals and five tackles per game in 2019.