Quinten Lynch
Quinten Lynch

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said the club is better placed than they were last season to push for a premiership after a busy trade period.

The Pies unveiled new recruits Quinten Lynch, Jordan Russell and Clinton Young at the Westpac Centre on Wednesday, with the trio boasting more than 440 games of AFL experience and two premierships between them.

As well as that experienced trio, Collingwood were able to add Brodie Grundy, Ben Kennedy, Tim Broomhead and Jackson Ramsay at the National Draft, and they plan to rookie list veteran big man Ben Hudson.

Buckley believes the new arrivals will see the club's premiership window stay wide open for the next two seasons and beyond.

"Not only are we better in the medium-long term with some of the young additions that we've brought in, I really feel that we're in a stronger position to contend, this year and next, because of the additions to the list," Buckley said after training on Wednesday.

Sitting alongside trade pick-ups Lynch, Russell and Young, Buckley said he was looking forward to seeing the impact his new recruits would have.

"We're rapt to have this sort of experience on board, we believe that we've been able to strengthen our list from 2012 and we're really looking forward to attacking 2013 with great vigour," he said.

"We wanted to add to certain areas of our playing list, clearly (we've added) three guys with a lot of experience in the game. Each of the three players here, if they play at their best, and they'll get the opportunity to do that, (it) will make us a better team, I've got no doubt about it.

"It's going to be pretty hard to get a jumper playing for Collingwood this (coming) year."

Buckley paid tribute to his recruiting staff for their efforts during the trade period, especially football manager Geoff Walsh and national recruiting manger Derek Hine.

"We believe we've taken advantage of free agency in its current form, and that's given us access to some exposed talent," he said.

"You have plenty of irons in the fire, not all of them come off.

"We were able to manipulate and add to our list in the way that we intended, too. And there weren't many things that didn't eventuate for us."

Although he said Lynch and Darren Jolly would assume the lion's share of ruck responsibilities, Buckley said the acquisition of Hudson would be a bonus for the team.

"We were fortunate enough to secure him in the rookie draft, he'll add to our depth there," Buckley said.

"Ben's there, he understands full well that the position he'll be in will be a product of his form and the circumstances of the ruck situation at senior level.

"Our priority is to provide development to (young ruckmen) Jarrod (Witts) and Brodie (Grundy), and to support Darren so that he's in great shape come the end of the year."

Buckley revealed most of his playing list would be travelling to Arizona on December 4 for a high-altitude training camp, but said Dale Thomas and Tyson Goldsack would miss the trip after recent surgery, while Alan Toovey will also not travel.

Nick Maxwell and Alan Didak will not attend after the births of their respective children, while Andrew Krakouer is still awaiting approval on a visa to travel to the USA.

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