The Chronicle

FRINGE CAT GETS NEW LIFE

- JON RALPH

GEELONG’S Nathan Kreuger has become the first player trade of the 2021 national period.

Collingwoo­d handed over pick 41 and will secure Geelong’s pick 55 in its deal for Kreuger.

Collingwoo­d held picks 41, 43, 46 and 48 but handed over the first of those so the Cats could move 14 spots up the draft ladder for Kreuger.

Kreuger will get to Collingwoo­d as a forward marking target given the Pies now have a huge array of 2021 picks to help secure trade targets and father-son Nick Daicos.

The Pies now have picks 22, 36, 41, 43, 46, 48, 58, 78, 79 to help with their offseason priorities.

Kreuger was tried as a key back this year given Geelong’s array of options in the front six but is seen as a natural 196cm forward who is a strong contested mark.

The Pies will see him as part of a key position set-up that will include Brody Mihocek and Darcy Cameron, with Mason Cox still awaiting a new deal.

The Lions are interested in his services but he has not been guaranteed a deal at the Pies under his new senior coach Craig McRae, who helped him develop into a finals-winning key forward.

 ?? Picture: Mike Dugdale ?? Nathan Kreuger will debut for the Cats this weekend.
Picture: Mike Dugdale Nathan Kreuger will debut for the Cats this weekend.

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