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Wells to add experience and class

Trade Daily: Words with Wells Collingwood Media's Sarah Allen provides all the news from the second day of the AFL Trade and Free Agency period.
Daniel Wells played 243 games for North Melbourne between 2003 and 2016. Photo: AFL Images.

Collingwood has added speed and class to its midfield with the arrival of unrestricted free agent Daniel Wells.

Wells, a dual club best and fairest winner, is coming off a dominant season with North Melbourne, averaging 23 disposals and four tackles across his 19 matches in 2016.

The 243 gamer has agreed to a three year deal and GM List Management Derek Hine said he’ll have a profound impact on the Magpies’ list.

“Daniel was ranked number one in the competition for score assists, he was in the top ten per cent for kicking efficiency and averaged four inside 50’s per game. These are elite qualities and, of course, his ball use and decision making have always been of the highest order,” Hine said.

“Clearly, after a distinguished career with North Melbourne, it was a difficult emotional decision for Daniel to make but, ultimately, he saw a future with us that excited him.”

Wells said it is a privilege to join Collingwood Football Club.

“I enjoyed a wonderful time as a North Melbourne player and now I get the opportunity to play for Collingwood, a club I have always admired,” Wells said.

“I have to thank my two football families; North for the opportunity to play and the care they showed to me over the years, and Collingwood for the chance to take my career into a new and exciting phase.”

“It will be a little strange, at first, calling myself a Magpie but I’m feeling very comfortable with it already and I couldn’t be more excited about a future in black and white.”

Daniel Wells
Age: 31
Games: 243
Goals: 150
Height: 181cm
Weight: 79kg
Drafted: No. 2, 2002 National Draft
Awards: North Melbourne B&F (2011, 2013), AFL Goal of the Year (2004), AFL Rising Star nominee (2003)