A medical meeting on Tuesday to decide whether Tyler Brown needs season-ending shoulder surgery could determine whether Collingwood has the option of a third pick in the mid-season draft.
A third pick could open up the prospect of the Magpies looking at small forward Tyson Stengle.
Brown has a shoulder injury which will keep him out for four to five weeks without surgery but if it is decided he will need a reconstruction he is likely to undergo that immediately and be put on the long-term injury list.
Tyler Brown in action during round 10. Credit:Getty Images
If he is placed on injured the list the Magpies would have the option of taking three picks in the mid-season draft should they want to.
Brown’s latest dislocation was the third problem he has had with his shoulder in the past two months.
Collingwood already have two places available on their list and with an inability to score in the first half of the year are interested in ruckman Ned Moyle, SANFL forward Ash Johnson and full-forward Jackson Callow.
They are also interested in small forward Stengle, who the Crows cut earlier this year after a series of off-field issues.
Tyson Stengle. Credit:Getty Images
Stengle would be of interest to clubs as a delisted free-agent if he were not picked in this draft. The advantage of that would be clubs wouldn’t need to use a draft pick on him but would have to commit to him with a minimum 12-month contract.
The appeal of the mid-season draft is that after his off-field issues a club would only commit to him for a six-month contract and have a chance to have a close look at him in the club environment for the rest of the year before committing for next year and beyond.
Stengle was originally drafted to Richmond but was traded to Adelaide for better opportunities to play due to the plethora of small forwards at the Tigers at the time.
Richmond did not offload him due to off-field issues, believing he had been well behaved while at the club and he had no issues while living away from a distracting home environment in Adelaide.
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