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AFL Draft Preview: Collingwood

List Breakdown by Position:

Key Def Gen Def Mid Mid/Fwd Gen Fwd Key Fwd Ruck Total
3 7 9 4 11 2 2


Average Age:

Players In: Sam Murray

Players Out: N/A

Retired/Delisted: Jesse White, Lachlan Keefe, Henry Schade, Liam Mackie, Mitch McCarthy, Ben Sinclair, Jackson Ramsey, Adam Oxley

Draft Picks: 6, 38, 56, 61



The Pies have had a tumultuous couple of years in terms of coaching positions and recruiting. One major gain is the stability that the club has gained in extending the contract of under siege coach Nathan Buckley. It’s hard to coach with confidence with the spectre of the ‘axe’ hovering. Buckley now has a further two years to prove his worth as a coach. The Pies have said goodbye to Jesse White, Lachie Keefe whilst Henry Schade, Liam Mackie and Mitch McCarthy will not be offered contracts for the 2018 season.

The club has also had to endure criticism for its lack of action at the Trade table this year. Only Sydney Rookie Sam Murray was brought into the club. Murray has had an underwhelming start to his AFL career, failing to play a game in his two years at the Swans. This continues the clubs recruitment of speculative defenders over the past few years. Sier, Schade, Jack Frost, Keefe, Ramsay and Smith have all had turns to become a part of the Collingwood defensive unit. Unfortunately, the Pies have had a poor track record in this area.

What They Need:

The Pies desperately need some goal kicking power. Darcy Moore cannot play the lone hand as a key forward week in week out. Moore is also developing into a defender/ruckman. There is no doubt that the ball use out of the back half has hindered the ability of the team to transition effectively out of defence. The stagnant ball use in this area of the ground allows opposition teams to ‘fold’ back and set up defensive structures easily. This, in turn, makes the job harder for the forwards who are often outnumbered and under pressure. As a result, the forwards are often found chasing out of the forward half, thus losing all structure. This selection is vital to the Pies as they hold picks 6, 38, 56, 61 and 80 ahead of the 2017 National Draft.

On the Radar:

A key forward would be high on the list of the recruiting team and with pick 6 their sights could be on Jarrod Brander as a CHF/CHB type. The main issue and question around Brander is if he is a forward or a defender? Sam Hayes could also come into consideration as he could help out both the ruck stocks and forward line goal kicking issues. They may well look at another defender at 36. Another player that could be worth considering at 36 could be Geelong Falcons Premiership Captain, James Worpel if he is available. Worpel loves a contest and could possibly play as a small/mid sized defender. I believe he has great value as a second rounder. Question marks over Collingwood’s skill level and outside run could also see them pursue players such as Father Son Tyler Brown. Brown has the skills and pace to succeed at AFL level. He is still a couple of years away from making an impact but he would be a wise investment. Kane Farrell could help with the delivery out of the back half. A nice left foot kick, Farrell has slipped dramatically on the Draft Boards this season. An AIS member, he still has the ability but needs to increase his work rate and get stronger around the contest.

The Pies have a number of emerging stars in De Goey, Kirby, Callum Brown, Moore and Crocker. Bonafide stars in Pendlebury, Adams, Treloar and a fit Ben Reid need further support for the club to return to the finals. Selection 6 will be huge for the future of the Pies and that coupled with some astute choices on draft night could see the Pies continue to show signs of improvement.


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