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Collingwood trade period review.

  • Collingwood trade period review.

The 2015 AFL free agency and trade period has come and gone. Collingwood in particular have received a high mark from most good judges for what was an aggressive approach. The Magpies have missed the finals the last two seasons and that's clearly not acceptable for the biggest sporting club in the country. They had to improve the list and it was time to become aggressive in the trade period. The previous few seasons the Pies had traded experienced players out for draft picks, and while that has provided them with some potentially elite youngsters, it did effect the depth of experienced players at the club.

Senior coach Nathan Buckley, list manager Derek Hine and Director of Football Neil Balme entered the trade period with two specific targets in mind. Those two players were elite 22 year old GWS Giants midfielder Adam Treloar and 19 year old Brisbane Lions midfielder James Aish. Both Brisbane and GWS acted tough in the media, with the Lions even going as far to say that Aish wouldn't be traded at all. Come the final few days of the trade period though and the deals got done, with Treloar heading to Collingwood effectively for two first round draft picks. In return the Pies gained the gun youngster and the Giants 2nd round pick. The Aish deal seemed like the harder one to get done, but when the Lions locked on to North Melbourne youngster Ryan Bastinac it became apparent that a 3 club deal was to be the solution. The complicated deal was completed just over an hour before the trade deadline with the Pies, in layman terms, giving away two second round draft picks for the promising Aish.

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Of course Collingwood did gain one other player in the trade period and that was ex Demon Jeremy Howe. The 190cm high marking forward was a shock inclusion as he wasn't really linked to the Pies until close to the beginning of the two weeks. In yet another complicated deal, this time involving four clubs, the Pies secured Howe mainly with the currency gained by trading out Paul Seedsman and Ben Kennedy. Howe will step straight into a Magpies forward line that struggled to convert chances late in season 2015.

Of course there were also out going players from Collingwood during the trade period. The above mentioned Ben Kennedy and Paul Seedsman found their way to their desired new teams. Kennedy went to Melbourne and Seedsman ended up in Adelaide. The slight shock of the trade period was Nathan Freeman requesting a trade out of the Pies after just two seasons. The former number 10 draft pick hadn't played a senior game due to severe hamstring injuries and the general comment from his camp was he wanted a fresh start. There's obviously more to the story then just that but with the Pies getting Aish, Treloar and Howe not many tears will be spent over the loss of Freeman.

Overall it was a positive trade period for Collingwood with the addition of two very promising young midfielders and the nice surprise that was Howe. For the first time in several seasons the Magpies didn't lose anyone of real value which suggests this trade period is the best the Pies have had since the end of 2009.

Here's a summary of the Collingwood trade period;

ADDITIONS; Adam Treloar (GWS), James Aish (Brisbane Lions), Jeremy Howe (Melbourne), National draft picks 27, 66, 77, 84.

LOSSES; Nathan Freeman (St Kilda), Ben Kennedy (Melbourne), Paul Seedsman (Adelaide). National draft picks 7, 26, 47 and 65. 2016 first round pick (number yet to be determined).

2015 NATIONAL DRAFT PICKS; 27, 66, 77, 83, 84, 101, 119

After all that, Collingwood enter the draft with five open spots on their senior list. They will more then likely use four picks in the national draft, with Jack Frost to fill the 5th open spot with a promotion from the rookie list to the senior list on draft day. Below is the updated depth chart for Collingwood leading into the national and pre season drafts.


Tall Defenders (192cm +)

  1. Nathan Brown

  2. Ben Reid

  3. Jack Frost

  4. Jonathan Marsh

  5. Tyson Goldsack

  6. Darcy Moore

Medium Defenders (185-191cm)

  1. Tom Langdon

  2. Alan Toovey

  3. Matt Scharenberg

  4. Scott Pendlebury

  5. Jeremy Howe

  6. Adam Oxley (????)

  7. Brayden Maynard

  8. Brent Macaffer

  9. Jack Crisp

  10. Matthew Goodyear

Small Defenders (184cm and below)

  1. Marley Williams

  2. Jackson Ramsay

  3. Travis Varcoe

  4. Ben Sinclair

  5. Steele Sidebottom

Tall Forwards (192cm +)

  1. Travis Cloke

  2. Darcy Moore

  3. Jeremy Howe

  4. Jesse White

  5. Brodie Grundy

  6. Tyson Goldsack

  7. Ben Reid

  8. Jarrod Witts

  9. Mason Cox

  10. Corey Gault (????)

Small/Medium Forwards (191cm and below)

  1. Jamie Elliott

  2. Jeremy Howe

  3. Dane Swan

  4. Alex Fasolo

  5. Tim Broomhead

  6. Travis Varcoe

  7. James Aish

  8. Scott Pendlebury

  9. Jarryd Blair (defensive forward specialist)

  10. Brent Macaffer

  11. Brendan Abbott

  12. Jordan De Goey

  13. Matthew Goodyear


  1. Brodie Grundy

  2. Jarrod Witts

  3. Jesse White

  4. Darcy Moore

  5. Mason Cox

  6. Corey Gault (????)

Inside Midfielders;

  1. Dane Swan (led the club for average clearances)

  2. Taylor Adams

  3. Adam Treloar (new)

  4. Scott Pendlebury

  5. Levi Greenwood

  6. Jack Crisp

  7. James Aish

  8. Steele Sidebottom

  9. Jordan De Goey

  10. Tim Broomhead

  11. Matthew Goodyear

Outside Midfielders;

  1. Adam Treloar (had more uncontested then contested possessions in 2015)

  2. Steele Sidebottom (led the pies for uncontested possessions)

  3. Scott Pendlebury

  4. James Aish

  5. Dane Swan

  6. Jack Crisp

  7. Travis Varcoe

  8. Matthew Goodyear

After looking at that depth chart it shows that Collingwood has significantly increased it's depth in a few areas. The most obvious is the midfield, with Aish and Treloar adding to what was already a strong group. The forward line got a nice little boost too with Jeremy Howes' addition and the ex Demon can also play off half back if required. It leaves the Magpies with a clear aim of where they are going and what they must do in season 2016, and that to put it simply, is a return to finals football.

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