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Strong Pies to unveil Krakouer, Tarrant

Collingwood has named 16 premiership players as part of a strong 29-man NAB Cup squad, which includes experienced recruits Chris Tarrant and Andrew Krakouer.

Scott Pendlebury will lead the group in the absence of skipper Nick Maxwell, with the Magpies set to take on Richmond and Carlton at Docklands on Saturday night in the AFL’s revamped three-way opening round format of the pre-season competition.

Tarrant will make his first appearance in the black and white stripes since being traded to Fremantle at the end of 2006 after 161 games and 299 goals for the Magpies. At 30 years of age, he is the oldest player on Collingwood's list. Krakouer, 28, played 102 games for Richmond between 2001-07 and was picked up by the Magpies during the trade period last year after a stellar season for Swan Districts in the WAFL.

Harry O’Brien, Luke Ball, Dale Thomas, Leigh Brown, Dayne Beams, Darren Jolly, Steele Sidebottom, Sharrod Wellingham and Heath Shaw are also part of the powerful line-up, with all players keen to impress and ensure they are part of round one action on March 26.

Magpie fans will also able to catch a glimpse of a host of emerging players including Lachlan Keeffe, Tom Young, Alex Fasolo and Kirk Ugle on Saturday.

Rookie-listed players Scott Reed, Tom Hunter, Jack Perham and Jye Bolton have all impressed during the pre-season and have been rewarded with spots in the 29-man line-up.

Maxwell will be joined on the sidelines by reigning three-time Copeland Trophy winner Dane Swan and key forward Travis Cloke (all three not quite ready but not far away), while Alan Didak (shoulder), Nathan Brown (shoulder), Brad Dick (shoulder) and Tyson Goldsack (recovering from a virus) are all a chance to participate in the pre-season competition in coming weeks.

26 of the 29 players named in the squad will take on Richmond in the club’s first game on Saturday night, with teams playing consecutive games able to make three changes to their sides for the second match.

NAB Cup Round 1
Saturday 12 February - Docklands
19:15 Carlton v Richmond
20:20 Collingwood v Richmond
21:25 Collingwood v Carlton

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COLLINGWOOD - NAB CUP ROUND 1 SQUAD
1 DAVIS Leon
2 TARRANT Chris
7 KRAKOUER Andrew
8 O’BRIEN Harry
10 PENDLEBURY Scott
11 BLAIR Jarryd
12 BALL Luke
13 THOMAS Dale
15 BROWN Leigh
17 BEAMS Dayne
18 JOLLY Darren
19 WOOD Cameron
20 REID Ben
21 WELLINGHAM Sharrod
22 SIDEBOTTOM Steele
23 KEEFFE Lachlan
25 YOUNG Tom
26 JOHNSON Ben
27 BUCKLEY Simon
28 SINCLAIR Ben
30 MACAFFER Brent
31 DAWES Chris
34 TOOVEY Alan
35 FASOLO Alex
37 UGLE Kirk
38 REED Scott (R)
39 SHAW Heath
40 SEEDSMAN Paul
43 STUBBS Trent
45 HUNTER Tom (R)
47 PERHAM Jack (R)
48 BOLTON Jye (R)

R denotes rookie-list

CARLTON SQUAD
1. Andrew Walker, 2. Jordan Russell, 3. Marc Murphy, 4. Bryce Gibbs, 6. Kade Simpson, 9. Kane Lucas, 10. Matthew Watson, 11. Rob Warnock, 12. Mitchell Robinson, 13. Chris Yarran, 15. Jeremy Laidler, 17. Setanta O'hAilpin, 18. Paul Bower, 19. Eddie Betts, 22. Shaun Hampson, 26. Andrew McInnes, 27. Dennis Armfield, 28. Jaryd Cachia, 29. Heath Scotland, 30. Jarrad Waite, 31. Marcus Davies, 32. Bret Thornton, 34. Nick Duigan, 35. Ed Curnow, 36. Rohan Kerr, 39. Wayde Twomey, 40. Michael Jamison, 41. Levi Casboult, 42. Zach Tuohy, 45. Aaron Joseph, 46. David Ellard, 47. Mitchell Carter

RICHMOND SQUAD
2. Will Thursfield, 10. Shane Edwards, 12. David Astbury, 13. Brad Miller, 18. Alex Rance, 19. Daniel Connors, 20. Mitch Morton, 21. Shane Tuck, 22. Ben Nason, 26. Robin Nahas, 28. Jake King, 29. Tyrone Vickery, 30. Reece Conca, 31. Jake Batchelor, 32. Brad Helbig, 33. David Gourdis, 34. Andrew Browne, 35. Matthew White, 36. Dean MacDonald, 39. Tom Derickx, 40. Kel Moore, 42. Jamie O'Reilly, 43. Matt Dea, 44. Troy Taylor, 46. Jeromey Webberley, 47. Ben Jakobi, 48. Dylan Grimes, 49. Pat Contin, 51. Nick Westhoff, 52. Mitch Keddell