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Hawks star joins Magpies

Clinton Young will join Collingwood as a ready-made replacement for Sharrod Wellingham.

Clinton Young will join Collingwood as a ready-made replacement for Sharrod Wellingham. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

HAWTHORN premiership player Clinton Young has quit the Hawks and will play for Collingwood next year.

The free agent last night agreed to terms to join Collingwood on a three-year deal ahead of today's 5pm deadline for free agents to exercise their rights.

Young last night informed Hawthorn, Collingwood and Port Adelaide, which had also made a substantial offer for the long-kicking left-footer, after agonising for days over the decision to quit the Hawks.

The terms Collingwood was able to offer were superior to the Hawks and the ability to remain in Victoria was likely to be persuasive against the Port Adelaide offer.

Young, a wingman, who was a member of the Hawks' 2008 premiership team and has played 116 games, will join Collingwood as a ready-made replacement for Sharrod Wellingham, who was traded to West Coast.

The move means Collingwood has traded out two players for first-round draft picks - Wellingham (pick 17) and Chris Dawes (pick 20) and brought in through free agency two experienced players - Young and Quinten Lynch - to fill their roles.

Young's manager, Alex McDonald, of McDonald Sports and Talent Management, said his client had agonised over the decision because of his affection and respect for Hawthorn, but was excited by the opportunity that Collingwood had provided.

An outside player who is a good user of the ball, Young fills the need Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley and recruiter Derek Hine had identified for a player better able to deliver the ball inside forward 50.

Collingwood now has three picks inside 21 in the draft. As the picks now stand, they are 17, 18 and 20, but will likely be pushed back at least one place when the Brendon Goddard compensation pick for St Kilda is included at 13.

The Magpies have indicated their intent to go to the draft, having traded their early picks in recent years. Had Young not accepted the contract, they were perhaps more amenable to packaging two of those picks for a player.

But his signing means there is unlikely to be much room left in the salary cap to trade in players on a significant salary.

Due to injuries and form, Young managed only 32 games in 2009-11, but recovered his place this year to play 20 games, kicking 13 goals.

91 comments

  • Now that's a decent trade period compared to previous years. Well done 'pies

    Commenter
    Steelbreese
    Location
    Over the moon
    Date and time
    October 19, 2012, 12:07AM
    • Collingwood would have to have the worst culture in the AFL - ba 1...

      Good move Youngy.

      2007, 2009, 2011, 2013

      Commenter
      Alex
      Location
      Geelong
      Date and time
      October 19, 2012, 9:37AM
    • @Alex
      The irony of your posts is comical. Without doubt, you would have to be one of the most arrogant posters on all AFL articles, yet consistently have a go at other clubs supporters. Using 2013 in your signature line is typical. I used to have a soft spot for Geelong but have met too many supporters of your ilk lately. 2008 is now one of my favourite years.

      Commenter
      Gilly
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      October 19, 2012, 10:24AM
    • @ Alex. Typical comment from a geelong supporter. Glod luck Clinton and thanks for the memories. You missed 2008 Alex. Cheers. Ray

      Commenter
      Thanks Clinton
      Location
      Rowville
      Date and time
      October 19, 2012, 10:31AM
    • @Alex. Easy to say anything Alex, without substantiating it with at least examples if not facts or evidence. Consequently it simply reflects you as a snide, unfulfilled human being being a slave to your unbridled emotions, consequentially probably rendering you impotent in your daily existence. Meeoow.....

      Commenter
      Steelbreese
      Location
      Over the moon
      Date and time
      October 19, 2012, 10:35AM
    • Beautifully put Steelbreese (although I'm sure he was having a go at Hawthorn primarily, not Collingwood, as he's bitter about 2008)! As for Youngy, that's pretty poor. We got little out of you for 2 or 3 years while you were injured but we stuck with you. Footy has just become a game for mercenaries - not that the clubs deserve better, but I think the loyal supporters do. Nevermind, it frees up salary cap space & Clinton is a handy but not key player.

      Commenter
      SteveR
      Location
      McKinnon, Vic
      Date and time
      October 19, 2012, 10:58AM
    • Geelong got a hack defender who played his last games at Melbourne in the forward line and a ruckman that will struggle under the Nic Nat rule. Great forward thinking Geelong.

      Commenter
      NathanD
      Location
      Melbourne
      Date and time
      October 19, 2012, 11:06AM
    • @Alex,

      from one Geelong support to another - give it a rest, mate. It's supporters like you that give the rest a bad reputation.

      Good luck to Young. It pains me to say so, but Hawthorn and Collingwood still have a wide window of opportunity for another premiership. Most sensible Geelong supporters have accepted that our window has more or less closed for the time being, and now it's time to carry on with rebuilding.

      Commenter
      blu
      Location
      Geelong
      Date and time
      October 19, 2012, 11:07AM
    • We like the odd years...as the FACTS show...

      ..and Steelbreeze - you realise of course you're asking for facts & evidence for an intangible right? But that's okay - I'm guessing you're a Hawks man who's still not over the COMPLETE capitulation a month or so ago...so go back to bed, take your Zanex and have a kip little man.

      2007, 2009, 2011, 2013

      Commenter
      Alex
      Location
      Geelong
      Date and time
      October 19, 2012, 11:27AM
    • Blu - I reckon you're a Hawks supporter in disguise...

      2007, 2009, 2011, 2013

      Commenter
      Alex
      Location
      Geelong
      Date and time
      October 19, 2012, 11:33AM

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