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Collingwood welcomes Karnezis

Get to know new recruit Patrick Karnezis as he speaks to CTV during his first day as a Magpie. Meet former Brisbane Lions Patrick Karnezis who has joined Collingwood after being traded for Jackson Paine during the October trade period.
Patrick Karnezis charges through the centre of Etihad Stadium during Brisbane's 34-point win over Collingwood in the third round of the 2013 NAB Cup.

Collingwood today agreed to an exchange that will see Patrick Karnezis shift his career from Brisbane to the Westpac Centre and Jackson Paine depart for the Lions.

A straight swap, the deal offers both players the opportunity to create a niche that was elusive at their former clubs.

Karnezis, a first round pick in the 2010 national draft (#25), played 21 games in his three seasons in Brisbane but only three in 2013, the last of them coincidentally against Collingwood in round 10.

Recruited out of Melbourne where he played his TAC Cup football with Oakleigh Chargers and represented Victoria Metro, Karnezis offered glimpses of his elite ability while with the Lions but had been keen for a return to his home town.

“We see Patrick as a very versatile talent,” Collingwood national recruiting manager, Derek Hine, said.

“At 190cm tall he has played third forward, wing and quite a bit of mid-field which is where we see a lot of scope for Patrick in the years ahead.

“He is unquestionably a talented footballer and I think that with the understanding he now has of what is required, after three years in the system, and the opportunity to start over we could see some pretty rapid progress in his game.”

The 21 year old said his move was born of a combination of the personal and practical.

“I’m thrilled to be home and at Collingwood,” said Karnezis, who shifted back to Melbourne in September.

“I grew up in Melbourne a passionate Collingwood supporter, as all my family are. To get not only a new start but a new start with Collingwood is the perfect outcome. I’ve got a challenge in front of me, I know that. But I can’t wait to get started.”

Paine leaves Collingwood for more senior football after two seasons.

A popular figure at the Westpac Centre, the 2011 draftee (#50) played six matches in his debut season but was unable to make his way into the senior 22 in 2013. Nonetheless, the 20 year-old kept his enthusiasm high and kicked 45 goals in the VFL as a key forward.

“There wouldn’t be anyone at the club who doesn’t wish Jackson the best,” said Hine.

“A couple of shoulder operations didn’t help his cause. He didn’t have much luck in that regard but he was always dedicated and professional and someone who gave it all he had. I’m sure he will be able to take his opportunity in Brisbane.”