Collingwood has today strengthened its hand in the 2020 AFL Women’s draft with the approval of two trades.

The first, a three-way trade with the Western Bulldogs and Adelaide sees an exchange of draft picks between the three clubs, while Katie Lynch departs for the Bulldogs. The trade also saw former Bulldog Hannah Munyard arrive at Adelaide.

Collingwood acquired pick 33 in the 2020 AFLW national draft.

Out-of-contract Lynch made the decision to depart Collingwood. The midfielder joined the Pies for the 2019 season and played seven games.

In the second trade, which was also agreed to on Wednesday, Collingwood came to a deal with the Western Bulldogs that saw Collingwood obtain picks 19 and 25, in exchange for its pick 11.

Today’s trades see Collingwood secure three early draft picks, placing the club in a position of success come the AFLW national draft in October.

Collingwood’s AFLW list manager, Jess Burger, said the outcome benefited the club’s strategy moving forward, whilst thanking Lynch for her time at the Pies.

“We identified early on that the 2020 draft was both even and deep and through securing further picks via this trade, we have ensured our draft hand will allow us great access to the talent available,” Burger said.

“We can appreciate Katie’s decision to seek further opportunities elsewhere and thank her for her two years of service.”