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Good signs for Moore and Elliott

Jamie Elliott in action at training - Collingwood Magpies,AFL
Jamie Elliott in action at training

Darcy Moore and Jamie Elliott are tracking well, while there is plenty of excitement around the new draftees at the club, according to Collingwood GM of Football Geoff Walsh.

Moore and Elliott recently returned from a trip to Germany to gain advice from a renowned soft tissue specialist on their recent injury troubles.

“They’re both joining in in full training since they’ve been back,” Walsh explained on SEN’s The Sporting Capital.

“That’s great because it’s well documented that they haven’t joined in in full training for any length of time in quite a while.

“The time in Germany, time will tell whether that’s been successful or not, but certainly all the indications are that our doctor has been really pleased with what he learned.

“I know both the boys came back and were really pleased and they think in terms of their preparation they learned some little thing that will be helpful to them.”

Walsh is looking forward to seeing Elliott on the park in 2019, saying he has the attributes to become one of the premier small forwards in the competition.

“He’s potentially an A-grader, without putting any responsibility on him,” Walsh added.

“His form when he’s been fit in previous years says that he’s a really dangerous small forward who is more than capable overhead and is a hard guy to match up on.”

“Albeit, I know it is easy for us to say, I know he is keen to have an uninterrupted pre-season and get out on the park and resume what is an exciting career.”

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With plenty of excitement surrounding the new crop of draftees, Walsh reports that they have hit the ground running, but is mindful of the tough task that lies ahead for the youngsters.

“They’ve had the best part of a month at the club so we’re looking forward to those boys hitting the track. They all look like they have a good deal of promise, with their attack on training really pleasing.

It has been documented that Dayne Beams has had a significant impact on the group since returning to Collingwood, with Walsh explaining that the star midfielder left the sunshine state with nothing but praise for the Lions.

“Dayne has gone on the record that he really enjoyed his time at the Brisbane; he has nothing but praise for the Brisbane Lions.

“From our point of view, we’re so pleased to have an A-grader back at the club, a premiership player and play at the highest level.

“He is going to compliment the roles of the likes of Taylor Adams, Scott Pendlebury, Steele Sidebottom and Adam Treloar.”