Garry Lyon and Tim Watson both believe that injury-prone Collingwood utility Darcy Moore is the man to bolster the club’s defence for the 2019 season.
The undersized Magpies backline punched above their weight this year due to a slew of injuries to key bookends such as Lynden Dunn, Matthew Scharenberg and Ben Reid.
With the Pies in the market for a key defender this trade period and continuing to be linked with a move for Gold Coast co-captain Steven May, Lyon thinks Moore has the capabilities to fill that key defensive post.
“Sometimes you forget about what you’ve got,” Lyon told SEN Breakfast.
“Take away his injury worries, you (Tim Watson) a wise man and someone I have come to appreciate as a good eye for talent, after his first or second game said he could become one of the great defenders of the next decade.
“It just looks to me that they’ve got one there that they need.”
Essendon great Watson is confident the 22-year-old can become a key player for the black and white if he can get his body right.
“The only reason we’re not talking about him being that at the moment is because he hasn’t been playing because of injury,” Watson said.
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Moore – who is currently out-of-contract - has yet to re-sign with Collingwood, and St Kilda champion Nick Dal Santo says the Pies shouldn’t pay overs in order to keep the talented swingman.
“Between $500,000 – $600,000,” Dal Santo told NAB AFL Trade Radio.
“The other thing you need to take into consideration is who is in front of him in regards to the payment plan?
“You would quite comfortably have 10-15 (players) in front of him that I would be paying more than Darcy Moore right here. right now.”
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