COLLINGWOOD is eager to use pick 58 to land his next trade target, Patrick Lipinski, after securing Nathan Kreuger of Geelong for a pick slide on Tuesday.
The Pies have been busy kicking off the Continental Tires AFL Trade Period, which included a major pick swap with Gold Coast on Monday and then trade Kreuger in a deal with Geelong the following day.
They secured Choice 58 as one of the Suns’ rosters and would like to use that in a deal for Lipinski, although the Western Bulldogs are expected to want more for the talented midfielder.
Collingwood and the Dogs have had initial talks over a trade for the 23-year-old, with the Pies hoping to use one of their later picks to secure the 56-year-old.
The Bulldogs offered Lipinski a three-year contract to stay with the club before officially soliciting a trade with the Magpies at the end of the dog season. He played 11 games for the club this year, including several as a medical substitute.
The Dogs are in talks with a number of clubs to exchange pick No. 17 for more concept points to ensure they can cover a potential top three bid for father-son prospect Sam Darcy and as such they will be a point keep an eye on.
Lipinski was unable to break through to the Dogs’ stacked first-choice midfield, and the Pies saw him as a strong option to complement their youth-led build under new coach Craig McRae.
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The Pies picked up Marking forward Kreuger and also scored pick 55 from the Cats, while relinquishing pick 41 in a deal that still left them with enough draft points to match a number 1 pick bid for father-son pistol Nick Daicos.