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Kreuger traded to Collingwood

Nathan Kreuger has been traded from Geelong to Collingwood. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

NATHAN Kreuger has got his wish to join Collingwood with a deal struck between the Magpies and Geelong on Tuesday.

In return for the 22-year-old and pick 55, the Cats have received picked 41.

After being overlooked in the 2017 National Draft, Kreuger joined Geelong a year later after the Cats handed Carlton a 2018 draft pick to Carlton in return for one of the Blues’ special assistance selections.

He made both his AFL appearances for Geelong in rounds 20-21 this year against North Melbourne and the GWS Giants respectively as a defender.

However, the 196cm tall Kreuger will head to Collingwood for the opportunity to spend more time forward.

“Geelong gave me my first chance and I’ll be forever grateful for that,” Kreuger said.

“I thank those who nurtured me and showed me the way and I know they understand why Collingwood is the right place for me to take my career.

“I’m really looking forward to fitting in with a young group and experiencing the Collingwood way.”

Geelong now holds picks 30, 32, 34, 41 and 91 at November’s National Draft.

The move of Kreuger follows the retirements of Josh Jenkins and Lachie Henderson, and the delisting of Ben Jarvis, Cam Taheny and Stefan Okunbor.

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