Collingwood GM of Football Graham Wright has provided updates on where the club sits in their quest to land Geelong’s Nathan Kreuger and Western Bulldogs midfield/forward Pat Lipinski.
Speaking on AFL Trade Radio’s Trade Mornings, Wright confirmed the Magpies have spoken to the Cats about Kreuger and outlined how they plan to use the 22-year-old tall next year.
Lipinski officially requested a trade to Collingwood on Tuesday after a lack of senior opportunities at the Bulldogs in 2021.
See Wright’s updates on Kreuger and Lipinski below:
“We had a chat to Geelong the other day, so hopefully that can all happen,” Wright said.
“I’m always a little bit hesitant to talk about players that are not at your club, but it’s been pretty widely reported that we’d like him to come, and they would like to come.
“We feel with Nathan he’ll be more a forward than a defender. I know he played as a defender this year but he’s 196(cm), he’s got speed and he’s somebody who competes really well.
“For us it’s an area of need and from an age demographic perspective he’s a 22-year-old.
“We’re hoping there’s some upside to him.”
“Patty Lipinski has found it difficult to get into a really good Bulldogs team, so he hasn’t played a lot,” Wright said.
“The age demographic suited us, but he also adds depth positionally to a number of spots – he can play half-forward, wing, on-ball, half-back. He’s got the ability to play in all those spots.
“He just hasn’t been able to get a run at the Bulldogs and was looking for opportunity and we’re really keen to see if that can happen.
“At this stage, we haven’t spoken to the Bulldogs, so we’re hopeful that can happen as well.”
Collingwood currently holds picks 36, 39, 41 and 45 in this year’s National Draft.