Graham Wright spoke to the media after the conclusion of the 2021 AFL Trade Period on Thursday morning.

It was a positive trade period for the club, with two new players joining the Pies among a range of draft selections that will be key in obtaining Nick Daicos during November's draft. 

"We had clear priorities as we entered the trade period with trying to bring Nathan (Kreuger) in and Patrick (Lipinski), and we're really pleased to be able to do that, but also to have enough points to match a bid for Nick (Daicos)," Wright said.

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A priority for Wright was gaining enough draft capital for this year without sacrificing our position in next year's draft. 

"We feel like we've got plenty of points and get back into next year's draft. We've still got some work to do over the next couple of weeks to see where we can get to this year and next year," Wright said.

Mason Cox's future remains in the balance, the American has had some interest from other clubs however Wright spoke to how the club would like for Cox to remain at Collingwood. 

"We're in conversations with Liam Pickering (Cox's manager) at the moment," Wright said.

“We’d like Mason to stay but that’s certainly up to him and he may have some options around that as well. But ‘Pickers’ and I had some conversations late yesterday. We’re hopeful but we’re mindful there could be others who have interest.

"We know he can play a number of roles. He's nearly seven foot tall so he should be able to play in the ruck and we've seen him play in that role before.

"We've got some positions potentially open over the summer to see whether we bring in another ruck as a back up or whether we draft one as well. We know he can play ruck and we know he can play as a forward."

Young ruckman Max Lynch departed for Hawthorn as part of a trade that included a swap of picks in next year's draft. A promising player, Lynch found it difficult to find a position in the senior squad as a consequence of the consistency of players such as Brodie Grundy. 

"There was a spot here for him, we really wanted him to stay but we understood that he wanted to explore the opportunity to be the first ruck somewhere," Wright said.

"He goes with our absolute best wishes, but we were really solid we wanted Max to stay.

"When you're an understudy and you don't see the light at the end of the tunnel, we understand that you may want to have a look elsewhere. He's got an opportunity there at Hawthorn to be a first ruck."

As the national draft nears, Wright spoke to Collingwood's plan ahead of what will be an exciting night for the club. 

"It's a difficult one to know right now. We'd think (we'll select) somewhere between three and four players, including Nick," Wright said.

Watch the full press conference below.

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