Matt Rendell.

Matt Rendell. Photo: Channel Nine

CONTROVERSIAL Adelaide recruiter Matt Rendell is on the verge of resurrecting his AFL career in taking a key role with Collingwood.

The Age believes Rendell held talks over the weekend with Magpie football chiefs including Geoff Walsh and Derek Hine, looking to beef up its recruiting team with the impending absence of talent spotter Jason Taylor. It is also understood the AFL is aware of the Collingwood move and will support it. Rendell is expected to move back to Melbourne later this year after being forced to resign from Adelaide in March after allegedly making racist comments in a meeting with two AFL officials including community engagement manager Jason Mifsud.

While Rendell was briefly considered ''untouchable'' in AFL terms, that impression has been modified - first with the AFL's revelation it would look at bringing Rendell back into the system via a job at league level and second with the resurgence of the Crows.

While Rendell did not have at his disposal one player higher than No. 10 in any of the five national drafts he took part in while at Adelaide his choices now look inspired - from basketballer-turned-ruckman Josh Jenkins to star midfielder Patrick Dangerfield, taken ahead of local boy Brad Ebert, who re-signed with the club two days ago. With former Tiger Richard Tambling a rare misfire, nine rookies taken by Rendell and his team have played senior football.

Collingwood, whose national recruiting manager Hine is among the most admired among the AFL clubs, has been looking to beef up its recruiting team since Taylor attempted to walk out on his contract and join Melbourne at the start of this year.

The Demons received an assurance from Taylor he would join the club but Collingwood had held the assistant recruiter to his contract, which ends later this year.

The Magpies would not comment last night on their move to sign Rendell and the former Fitzroy and Brisbane ruckman was unavailable for comment.

The Age revealed last week that Rendell was being interviewed by at least two Victorian clubs. Despite revealing in March on Channel Nine's Footy Classified that he would welcome a break from the elite game, Rendell said last week: ''I've got a few decisions to make over the next few weeks. It's been a rough time but I'm feeling good about life.''

AFL boss Andrew Demetriou said there would be no need for any approval from head office should Rendell move to another AFL club. ''I'm not surprised people are looking at him,'' he told The Age. ''When you look at his recruiting record it's pretty impressive.

''As I've said before, everyone is entitled to a second chance, and certainly he is … as far as we are concerned the matter has been dealt with.''