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Brownlow Medallist
Aug 21, 2018
AFL Club
Collingwood believes it has drafted the nucleus of its next-generation midfield for Craig McRae’s rebuild after plundering two national drafts.
The Magpies added a trio of late-draft picks on Thursday night, in part because rivals waited until pick No.4 to bid on generational midfielder Nick Daicos.

Collingwood eventually traded up a few picks to secure South Adelaide 186cm mid-forward Arlo Draper (pick 45) then added midfielder Cooper Murley (pick 49) and inside midfielder Harvey Harrison (pick 52).

The youngsters should blend in with captain Scott Pendlebury, Taylor Adams, Steele Sidebottom and Jack Crisp to provide an elite midfield with room to grow.

The future of Jordan De Goey is clouded given the club’s disappointment after he put himself in a position to be in a New York bar scuffle that has seen him facing assault charges.

The Pies are aware their window might be some years into the future but recruiting boss Derek Hine said the club had secured enough talent to change the makeup of their midfield.

He said fans should believe better times were ahead after this year’s 17th-placed finish.

You could be excited,” Hine said of expectations from fans.

“The boys we added tonight, on top of Nick, shows the depth of the group.

“From our perspective with these boys and the boys we brought in last year, that is the group going forward and the onus is on us as a footy club to have the resources, the coaching, everything around them to make the team successful and then we are all in the lap of the gods.

“We are really confident with the spread now and we have got a good hand with next year as well with the futures picks so it gives us the scope to trade forward again.”

The Pies were prepared to match a No.1 overall bid for Daicos but instead used the draft points savings to secure the trio of mids and mid-forwards.

“We were really mindful of GWS and Gold Coast’s position. They have the right to assess him as they want.

“If a bid came at one, absolutely. We were hoping for the best but preparing for the worst. That was our rationale right from day one.”

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Brownlow Medallist
Oct 7, 2001
In the Pocket Rocket, lights ablaze!
AFL Club
All of Melbourne is more livable than Sydney.

You should all be on your hands and knees thanking whoever established the public transport system.
Kennett tried desperately to kill it off. Succeeded as far as country public transport goes.
But thankfully he was gone before he could kill the metro system.

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