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2019 AFL Draft club review: Collingwood Magpies

ENTERING with an uninspiring hand and exiting with two steals of the National Draft, Collingwood supporters and staff alike should count themselves as one of the big winners out of the 2019 AFL Draft. Much of the talk around the Magpies coming in was that they would take a tall with their first pick, but with two sliders up for grabs and the high premium on key position players, they opted for a different and just as fruitful route.

National Draft:
40. Jay Rantall (GWV Rebels/Vic Country) | 185cm | 83kg | Balanced Midfielder
45. Trent Bianco (Oakleigh Chargers/Vic Metro) | 178cm | 73kg | Midfielder/Defender
55. Trey Ruscoe (East Fremantle/Western Australia) 192cm | 75kg | Defender/Midfielder

Rookie Draft:
Nil.

A diverse group of draftees with enormous skill and upside combined, Jay Rantall (pick 40), Trent Bianco (45), and Trey Ruscoe (55) provide enormous value for the price payed. After Port Adelaide pulled arguably the shock of the first round in selecting Mitch Georgiades at pick 18, the Collingwood recruiting team would have hoped that the likes of Harrison Jones and Charlie Comben would sneak down to its next selection at 40. With that not to be and with some crazy talent still on the board, it seemed that the strategy shifted from targeting a tall, to nabbing the best available sliders – and boy did the Magpies do that. Rantall and Bianco proved too hard to ignore with picks in the 40s, and the aforementioned shift was confirmed as the Pies traded down with GWS to allow the GIANTS to select Jake Riccardi – another key forward linked to Collingwood’s first pick.

Rantall brings elite running ability to the table having broken the 2km time trial record at this year’s National Combine, giving him huge upside having transitioned from a junior Australian basketball career. The promising midfielder could spend some time on the outside as he develops, filling a gut-running role akin to Steele Sidebottom and Tom Phillips, but looked most damaging at Under-18 level when bursting through the middle and delivering forward. Bianco, a lifelong Magpies supporter is one of the best users by foot in this year’s crop, providing a mix of precision and penetration in his disposal. The 2019 Oakleigh Chargers’ premiership captain continues the longstanding partnership between the Chargers and Magpies, and is a terrific story having landed at the club he supports after training there during pre-season. Both Rantall and Bianco were names in the late-first round mix, so are nothing short of steals at this range.

West Australian Ruscoe is a versatile option who looks like being a new-age defender as he steps up to the next level. Filling more of a key defensive post for the Black Ducks this year, Ruscoe is the perfect size for that intercept/rebound defensive role which has been taken up by the likes of Matthew Scharenberg and Jeremy Howe of late. But with the size, ability, and endurance to roam through the midfield, Ruscoe could really be anything with time in the elite system and is a shrewd choice later in the draft.

Having passed on making rookie selections – including not re-listing Lynden Dunn – do not be surprised to see the Magpies top up their key position stocks with a mature-ager or improving 19-year-olds with supplementary picks or in next year’s mid-season draft. But with Darcy Cameron now in the fold and a settled side firmly in the premiership window, this was a well executed draft haul that points toward sustained success.

AFL Draft review: Collingwood

THERE were no big surprises come draft night for the Magpies, getting both Isaac Quaynor and Will Kelly who had been touted to join the club. Many were nervous about whether or not the club would have enough draft points to secure both players but credit to Collingwood they held strong and landed both defenders with no major issues.

National Draft:

 

Isaac Quaynor – General Defender

Quaynor will be a great fit for the Pies with his speed and daring nation to take the game on. The Oakleigh Chargers product, oozes skill and impresses with his ability to read the game and intercept mark. His ability to peel off players and impact the contest is second to none. It is not often that Quaynor is beaten in a one-on-one credit to his football smarts and ability to cover the ground and match his opponents for speed and athleticism. Through development and more time on the training track Quaynor has plenty of potential to play through the midfield and become a real impact player who can burst through the centre of the ground. The talented defender has high endurance levels, is good by foot and is an all-round classy player that will slot right into the mix at Collingwood.

Will Kelly – Key Position Defender

The father/son pick will find himself at home in the black and white and will be a valuable asset to the club. Paired with former Oakleigh Chargers teammate, Isaac Quaynor, the two could become a formidable duo down back with Quaynor’s speed and Kelly’s lockdown ability. Kelly can play the traditional key position defenders role of nullifying his opponent but also has the skill to be a rebounding defender who can play loose and take intercept marks which will be a handy feature for the Pies. Standing at 193cm Kelly has shown that he can also play up forward, making his versatility a key feature of his game. Son of premiership great, Craig Kelly, Will has plenty to offer to the club with his strong hands and technical kicking action.

Atu Bosenavulagi – Small Forward

Another Oakleigh Chargers player, Bosenavulagi has plenty of X-factor about him. The exciting small forward will add an extra level of dynamism around the goals credit to his ability to hit the scoreboard. His speed is a great asset for his game and with a big pre-season with the Pies he will aim to increase his endurance to ensure that he can perform on the big stage and increase his moments of magic for longer to make him a real force to be reckoned with in the future.

 

Rookie Draft:

Tim Broomhead – Midfielder/Forward

After severely breaking his leg against GWS the luckless Pie has been re-rookied by the club. Broomhead offers great commitment and is not afraid to put his body on the line as we have seen across his career. His dedication to rehab speaks volume to his character and willingness to play footy. The medium sized midfielder is classy across the ground and can impact the contest. He has also shown plenty of versatility to play down back, up forward and in the middle of the ground.

Sam Murray – General Defender

Collingwood have given troubled defender Sam Murray a lifeline and re-rookied him after a shaky season off the track. The running defender provides great dash off half-back and has showed plenty of promise on the field with his dare and desire to take the game on. The potential for Murray is high with his ability to win the ball and propel it forward, he just needs to hone in his effectiveness around the ground.

 

Summary:

Collingwood really went after speed this draft season recruiting players such as Quaynor and Bosenavulagi who offer plenty of dash. They also aimed to bolster their defensive line up with the likes of Kelly who can lockdown key players and change up his game plan to attack the ball in the air with his intercept marking. There is plenty to look forward to with the young draftees which will provide Collingwood fans with excitement after seeing the development of former round one pick, Jaidyn Stephenson shine on the AFL stage. With readymade players such as Broomhead and Murray also on the books, Collingwood’s defensive end looks relatively sound.