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Four Magpies sign on

Rising Star highlights: Jaidyn Stephenson With five goals in his fourth senior game, Jaidyn Stephenson was the AFL's Rising Star nominee for round four, 2018.

Three of Collingwood’s finest emerging talents and one of its most important veterans have extended their tenures at the Holden Centre.

Premiership defender, All-Australian and now key forward Ben Reid has agreed to terms on a new deal that will extend his decorated career in black and white out to at least 13 seasons.

Meanwhile, teenagers Jaidyn Stephenson and Max Lynch, and 20 year-old mid-fielder Brayden Sier have all penned new deals.

Stephenson, in his first year as a Magpie after being selected with pick No. 6 in the 2017 National Draft, has extended his contract out until the end of 2021, while Sier and Lynch have signed until the end of 2019.

Reid has played 141 matches across his 12 years with Collingwood and distinguished himself at both ends of the field. He stopped goals for the best part of a decade but has kicked 59 of his own as a now important figure in the Collingwood front 50.

Reid was due to become an unrestricted free-agent at the end of this season.

Stephenson has made an immediate impact in his first campaign, playing all nine matches thus far to kick 12 goals and win a Rising Star nomination. His speed, pressure and flair have helped to introduce an unpredictability to the Collingwood forward line.



Max Lynch, Jaidyn Stephenson, Ben Reid and Brayden Sier have signed on to remain at the Holden Centre.

Sier has been on the cusp of an AFL debut for a number of weeks, having finally put a star-crossed injury run behind him. His fitness, powerful frame and strong inside game have enabled the 2015 draftee to consistently feature among Collingwood’s best players in the VFL, most weeks spent foraging at the feet of Lynch, a 200cm ruckman honing his craft in his second year with the club.

Collingwood List Manager, Ned Guy, said the signings have shored up players important to the club’s future in the short and long term.

“Ben has a role to play in the team that everyone - teammates and coaching staff in particular – recognises. His game sense and forward craft help the attack tick,” Guy said.

“He also has experience to pass on to the likes of Jaidyn, who is starting out on his football journey. Ideally, we have young players like Jaidyn, Max and Brayden come through the Collingwood system with guidance from seasoned team-mates and premiership players like Ben, Scott Pendlebury and Steele Sidebottom.”



Top draftee Jaidyn Stephenson will remain a Magpie until at least the end of the 2021 season.