Pies shed their ruck stocks
COLLINGWOOD has cut two ruckmen from its list and is not committed to recruiting a back-up, keen to put faith in Darren Jolly supported by versatile recruit Quinten Lynch and a promising but untried mountainous prospect.
The Magpies delisted Cameron Wood and John Ceglar yesterday leaving them reliant on the experienced Jolly.
Collingwood recruited Lynch as a free agent to play as a tall forward and relief ruck replacing Chris Dawes who they traded to Melbourne.
A more capable ruck than Dawes, Lynch is a more secure back-up for Jolly as permanent ruck should the veteran be out injured.
The club has delisted the ruck pair in part to open the path for promising 20-year-old Jarrod Witts, the 210 centimetre player signed in 2008. With Wood and Ceglar on the list, Collingwood found opportunities were spread thin.
Just as Collingwood acted boldly in the exchange period with its moves to trade out players for first round picks and replace them with free agents, it has acted decisively with its rucks and broader list, finalising the movement of 13 players off its list yesterday.
The Magpies yesterday also delisted Simon Buckley - his place taken by recruit Jordan Russell from Carlton - as well as small forwards Kirk Ugle and Luke Rounds, while five rookies were all cut in early September. Previously Collingwood had traded out Dawes, Sharrod Wellingham, and Tom Young.
"We had Witts, Ceglar and Wood all trying to ruck in the VFL last year and none of them getting a go at it," football manager Geoff Walsh said.
"It might look good to have names on the whiteboard but there is not much point keeping blokes on your list not to play games."
Wood played six games this season without managing to hold a regular spot. Recruited from Brisbane, he played 48 games for Collingwood. Ceglar did not play a game.
After the experience this year of too many rucks effectively creating a block to one another's development, Walsh said the club would be unlikely to bring in a mature ruck as back-up in case of injury.
"If you want belt and braces and you are scared and you only want insurance, maybe, but right now I don't think you make a decision on whose names look good on a whiteboard," he said.
"Jolly, when we used him sparingly had his best year and had his highest finish in the best and fairest, so we will manage that."
■North Melbourne has formally cut small forward Matt Campbell despite his having a year left on his contract.
Campbell was one of eight players the club confirmed had been delisted, joining Cruize Garlett, Ben McKinley, Ben Speight and Ben Warren in being cut from the senior list. Rookies Gavin Urquhart, Malcolm Lynch and Brad Mangan were also delisted.
Campbell played 15 matches this season, including the elimination-final against the West Coast Eagles, for a career tally of 82 since he was taken in the 2007 rookie draft.
The 25-year-old small forward was arrested in September after being ejected from Crown Casino and allegedly kicking and damaging a car owned by a casino staff member.