The AFL season may be over, but competition between the clubs continues with the annual trading period underway.
Until the end of the period on October 13, we will keep you track of all trades as we analyze who has won and lost on each exchange.
It’s going to be an intriguing trading period as clubs gear up in their preparations for the 2022 season.
Nathan Kreuger: Cats to Magpies
Nathan Kreuger, Geelong’s great assistant – initially overlooked in his year of service – has made his way to his new club, Collingwood, after playing just two games for Geelong.
The Magpies traded their third round roster (number 41) for the Kreuger and the Cats (55) pick.
After formidable competition for game time – both forward and backward – at the Cattery, Kreuger joins a Collingwood team that needs experience and mature bodies, especially forwards.
Background of the trade
Kreuger was originally listed by Carlton under a list concession in 2018 and was traded to Geelong for pick 42.
The trade may have also reflected where Kreuger, then 19 years old, may have gone into a live draft after a solid season for South Adelaide in the SANFL.
However, following his arrival at Kardinia Park, Kreuger’s progress has been somewhat difficult to track due to coronavirus-related VFL interruptions and injuries.
The Victor Harbor native – when he did play – showed some promise, including kicking a six-goal sack against Coburg in the 2019 VFL season.
However, the arrival of Jeremy Cameron last year prompted the Cats to try and turn Kreuger into defense in their 2021 campaign.
Kreuger’s two AFL appearances this season came in Round 20 and 21, against North Melbourne and GWS respectively.
He will likely come into the mix as a best-22 key forward with the Magpies, given their battle forward in recent years.
Kreuger’s athleticism means he can cover a lot of ground and potentially stretch the opponent’s defenses.
He makes a really good match to match up with the late coming forward Darcy Cameron who could get more attention from Brody Mihocek.
Kreuger’s expected future value is very low given his lack of senior level output.
With a few years in a good AFL system under his belt – and at a cheap trading price – Kreuger would be attractive to a Magpies side that focused on Nick Daicos in the national draw and thought about results well into the future.
For their part, the Cats are allowed to upgrade their fourth draft selection in an even draft.
Low stakes and a fairly fair trade.