Crows de­fender on Colling­wood’s radar to re­place Lang­don

NT News - - SPORT - ANDREW CAPEL

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.

Pic­ture: JUSTIN KENNEDY

St Mary's Jack Long off­loads the footy dur­ing Satur­day night’s game against the Tigers at Mar­rara

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