Collingwood and the Western Bulldogs have agreed to a deal that will see mid-fielder Adam Treloar move to Whitten Oval in exchange for a first round selection in the 2020 national draft and a future second round selection.
Collingwood has received from the Bulldogs pick 14 in next month’s draft which gives the club two selections in the first round. The Magpies already held selection 16.
In return, Collingwood released Treloar to the Whitten Oval, along with picks 26, 33 and 42 in this year’s draft. Picks 26 and 33 were earlier received from North Melbourne as part of the deal that saw Jaidyn Stephenson and Atu Bosenavulagi head to Arden St.
The move improves significantly Collingwood’s position in a draft recognised for the spread of its tall and small prospects and gives 27 year-old Treloar the opportunity to make an impression at his third club.
Treloar spent five seasons in black and white, between 2016-2020, and played 94 matches in that time. He started his career with Greater Western Sydney where he played 79 matches across four seasons from 2012.
Collingwood list manager, Ned Guy, said the deal reflected the club’s assessment of the strength of the 2020 national draft and its determination to move into the first round.
“On behalf of Collingwood I would like to thank Adam for his service. He was a committed and strong performer for us and we wish him well.
“For some time we have held the view that this year’s draft represents an excellent opportunity to address some of our needs. We think in the short term we can improve from within but we can also now strengthen the profile of our list for the medium and longer term. This deal improves significantly our ability to do that.
“With the draft assets we now have, we also have the ability over the next couple of weeks to explore ways of improving our draft position further.”