Crows defender on Collingwood’s radar to replace Langdon
COLLINGWOOD is understood to be considering making a play for Adelaide defender Jake Kelly.
While Kelly has a year to run on his contract with the Crows, the Pies are believed to have him shortlisted as a possible replacement for Tom Langdon if he joins Sydney.
Langdon – one of Collingwood’s best players in its grand final loss to West Coast – has had a medical with the Swans and has reportedly been offered a six-year deal worth $600,000 a season.
Kelly’s dad Craig is a Magpies premiership player, having played in their 1990 grand final win.
Recruited from SANFL club Norwood, Craig played 122 games for Collingwood from 1989-96.
Jake was eligible to join the Magpies as a father-son player in 2013 but was overlooked and taken by the Crows at pick 40 at the 2014 rookie draft. The 23-year-old has played 53 games in five years at Adelaide and was a member of the club’s losing 2017 grand final side.
He played 19 of a possible 22 games this year but did spend time in the SANFL.
Just-retired North Melbourne forward Jarrad Waite told Melbourne radio that Kelly would fit seamlessly into the Collingwood backline.
“He’s a replica of Tom Langdon,” Waite said. “It’d be a perfect fit for him.”
Kelly's younger brother Will is eligible to be drafted next month and will almost certainly be taken as a father-son pick by the Pies, adding to the intrigue of whether the brothers will be reunited.
Jake said earlier this year Will had developed nicely and that Collingwood “would be very, very hesitant to let Will go’’. “He had a really good year,’’ he said.
St Mary's Jack Long offloads the footy during Saturday night’s game against the Tigers at Marrara