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Collingwood redeems horror off-season with spectacular 2020 AFL draft haul

'Far cry from trade deadline day'

By Chris De Silva09 Dec 2020 11:21

Collingwood was in the headlines for all the wrong reasons during the recently-completed AFL Trade Period, but list manager Ned Guy has redeemed himself.

The Magpies' draft action started at pick 16 where a bid for Lachlan Jones was matched by Port Adelaide, before Collingwood snapped up Oliver Henry at pick 17.

Grabbing Henry at its first pick proved to be a massive steal, with the Geelong Falcons product rated in the top 10 in several mock drafts.

Collingwood was then able to grab Finlay Macrae at pick 19, who has significant upside as a prolific ball-winner similar to his brother, Bulldogs All-Australian Jack Macrae.

The major win for the Magpies was being able to use their first two picks in the draft without needing to match a bid for NGA prospect Reef McInnes, who was selected by the club at pick 23 after a bid from the GWS Giants.

Much has been made of boom father-son prospect Nick Daicos being in next year's draft class, and the Magpies were able to deal next year's first-round pick (which would have been swallowed up by an early bid for Daicos) for more bites at the cherry this year.

Collingwood flipped its 2021 first-round pick to the GWS Giants in exchange for picks 24, 30 and a 2021 fourth-rounder.

However, Guy wasn't finished dealing, trading pick 25 to Adelaide for pick 27 and a 2021 third-round pick, before flipping pick 27 to Fremantle along with pick 59 in exchange for pick 30 and a 2021 third-rounder.

Fremantle and Collingwood linked up again later on in the draft, with the Magpies trading picks 53 and 57 to the Dockers in exchange for pick 46.

Collingwood were also able to pick up young guns Caleb Poulter (30), Liam McMahon (31), and Beau McCreery (44) after the first round.

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