Collingwood’s recruitment strategy has become clear-cut ahead of its premiership defence: If you can’t run, you can’t play.
The Magpies swooped on two dashing teenagers with their pair of National Draft selections, taking Harry DeMattia on the opening night of the count before returning to the order with the acquisition of Hawthorn NGA talent Tew Jiath.
DeMattia, who was taken with Pick 25 on Monday night, is a versatile talent who can play out of defence or through midfield, with his run-and-carry game and overall leadership qualities among the traits that separate him from the rest of his draft class.
Jiath, the younger brother of Hawks backman Changkuoth Jiath, enjoyed a strong Talent League campaign with Gippsland this year to emerge as a promising defensive flanker who will be afforded the time to develop under Craig McRae.
The Magpies moved for the exciting young pair in a plan to add further run and speed to their system, with recruitment manager Derek Hine explaining the…