Dogs’ Roughy to join Collingwood
JORDAN Roughead will play for Collingwood next year.
The Western Bulldogs premiership ruckman has agreed to join the Magpies and is set to be traded before Wednesday’s 8.30pm deadline.
Roughead, 27, was a free agent this year but free agency shut on Friday and so the Magpies will have to facilitate a trade.
The former Bulldogs vice-captain told the club last month he would explore his free agency options and appeared set to join West Coast after Nic Naitanui underwent a second knee reconstruction.
But the Eagles instead traded in St Kilda ruckman Tom Hickey, aware that signing Roughead as a free agent would dilute their Scott Lycett (Port Adelaide) compensation selection.
Roughead toured North Melbourne’s Arden St headquarters on Friday as the Kangaroos signed off on the deal to send back-up ruckman Brayden Preuss to Melbourne.
The Kangaroos have also been linked to former Fremantle ruckman Zac Clarke, although Clarke will not be joining the club.
But Roughead is certain to join the Magpies, most likely for a late draft pick in either this year or next year’s national draft.
The Pies hold three selections in the 50s in next month’s draft — No.51, 56 and 57 — as well as No.75.