Clinton Young
Clinton Young

Collingwood Director of Football Geoff Walsh has declared the Magpies are 'very pleased' with how the trade and free agency period has panned out after the recruitment of Clinton Young.

The Magpies have brought in Young from Hawthorn and ex-Eagle Quentin Lynch as free agents, along with picking up two first-round draft picks after trading Chris Dawes and Sharrod Wellingham to Melbourne and West Coast respectively.

Walsh has claimed Young and Lynch have 'at least neutralised' the loss of Dawes and Wellingham, and maximised their chances of claiming some quality youngsters at the AFL National Draft, which will be held on November 22.

"Yeah, I think we've positioned ourselves quite well," Walsh said.

"I think to be able to deliver, (Collingwood's National Recruiting Manager) Derek Hine and our recruiting team three first-round draft choices is something we haven't had for a while ... and Quentin Lynch and Clinton Young are both quality AFL players.

"So to add to a team we think is still going forward, yeah, we're very pleased."

Speaking to the media on Friday with a protective boot on his left foot, Young revealed the decision, made on Thursday, to leave the Hawks and choose Collingwood over another potential suitor, Port Adelaide, was made more stressful by a minor operation he had done following the Grand Final.

"Yeah had surgery done last Tuesday, just a minor thing on my foot, so that added to the stress, sitting at home and being bombarded with everything," Young said.

"So I'm glad it's over and done with now."

In the wake of criticism surrounding the length of the free agency and trade periods, which runs for almost four weeks, Young argued more time had been good for him.

"Obviously moving on from the grand final and then getting surgery, for me it was handy to have a bit of time," Young said.

"As hard as it is, it was good to have a bit of time to make the decision ... personally, I found it helpful."

The 26-year-old will attend Collingwood's pre-season camp in Utah in December and should be back running by Christmas.


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