Jordan Roughead, right, had appeared set to join West Coast. Picture: Mark Stewart
Jordan Roughead, right, had appeared set to join West Coast. Picture: Mark Stewart

Roughead to land at Magpies

JORDAN Roughead will play for Collingwood next year.

The Western Bulldogs' premiership ruckman has agreed to join the Magpies and is set to be traded before Wednesday's 8.30pm deadline.

Roughead, 27, had told the Bulldogs he would explore his free agency options and appeared set to join West Coast after superstar Nic Naitanui underwent a second knee reconstruction.

But the Eagles instead completed deal with St Kilda on Wedneday, with Hickey, pick No.60 and a future fourth-round pick heading to the Eagles in exchange for pick No.39 and the Saints' future fourth-round pick.

Securing Roughead as a free agent would've diluted the Eagles' compensation selection for losing Scott Lycett to Port Adelaide.

Roughead toured North Melbourne's Arden St headquarters on Friday as the Kangaroos were signing off on the deal to send back-up ruckman Brayden Preuss to Melbourne.

The Kangaroos have also been linked to former Fremantle ruckman Zac Clarke, although Clarke will not be joining the club.

Jordan Roughead is off to the Magpies. Picture: Michael Klein
Jordan Roughead is off to the Magpies. Picture: Michael Klein

Free agency closed at 5pm on Friday but Roughead is still certain to join the Magpies, most likely in exchange for a late draft pick in either this year or next year's draft.

The Pies hold three selections in the 50s in next month's draft - No. 51, 56 and 57.

Roughead could bolster Collingwood's ruck stocks or key defensive stocks as backmen Matthew Scharenberg and Lynden Dunn recover from knee reconstructions.

He will be remembered at the Bulldogs for a critical contested mark from a Sydney kick-out deep in the last quarter during the 2016 grand final.



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