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Shaw expects team-first focus

North Melbourne star Ben Brown is tantalisingly close to claiming his first Coleman Medal, but coach Rhyce Shaw doesn't want his players targeting the forward at the expense of better options against Melbourne.

With both sides out of finals contention, Brown's bid for the League's goal-kicking award is a point of interest in the dead rubber between the 12th-placed Roos and 17th-placed Demons in Hobart on Saturday.

On the back of his stunning 10-goal haul in last week's win over Port Adelaide, Brown leads GWS forward Jeremy Cameron by four goals heading into the last round.

But that margin won't provide Brown with much comfort given the Giants play bottom-of-the-ladder Gold Coast on Saturday night, with Cameron every chance to kick a big bag against the woeful Suns.

However, Shaw says a strong team finish to a disappointing year is the sole focus of all his players, including Brown.

"Individual accolades come on the back of team success, and I know the first thing 'Browny' will be thinking about is just getting the win," Shaw told reporters on Friday.

"But he's certainly been playing some good footy to be in a position again where he's first or second in the goal-kicking.

"He's provided us with a great option week in and week out while battling against double teams.

"He's certainly had a good year and I'm hoping he continues that form."

Brown, who has booted 62 goals, will probably get plenty of balls come his way in any case, and could even extend his lead against the Demons, thrashed by Sydney last Friday night.