Dogs’ Roughy to join Colling­wood

Sunday Tasmanian - - Sport - SAM LANDS­BERGER

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.

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