Young enough for Pies

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Hawthorn has lost Clinton Young to Collingwood. Picture: Wayne Ludbey. Source: Herald Sun

COLLINGWOOD has lured Clinton Young from Hawthorn, only days after the club's football manager said the club's player negotiations were ''done and dusted''.

Earlier this week Magpies football manager Geoff Walsh said the Pies were "done and dusted" in terms of trades - but this time he says he means it.

The Pies have watched their salary cap closely and say recruits Young and Quinten Lynch will take up the space left by departing Sharrod Wellingham and Chris Dawes.

Collingwood has been linked to other fringe players including Melbourne's Stefan Martin, Kangaroo Cam Pederson and young Gold Coast ruckman Tom Hickey.

But Walsh said the club was happy to go to the draft with three first-round picks.

"I don't think we'll do any more trading from a player point of view because we've got some issues from our salary cap that have been well documented throughout the year," he said on AFL trade radio.

"We think three first-round draft picks and given Derek's (recruiting boss Derek Hine) track record of picking players through the draft, we're very happy with that."

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Collingwood currently holds picks 17, 18 and 20 although they are likely to be pushed back slightly when compensation picks are assigned for lost free agents.

Walsh said some dealing could still take place if Hine was able to improve the club's draft position.

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He said the Pies were delighted to secure Young, and the fact he took so long to make up his mind was a plus.

"I think in end reason took so long to mull over it was he felt a real commitment to the Hawthorn Football Club and I think that's a good thing, we'd all like to think our players aren't just going to up and leave at the drop of a hat."

The Pies last night agreed to sign unrestricted free agent Young on a multi-year deal, trumping Hawthorn's offer for the hard-running wingman.

The Hawks issued a statement this morning saying Young had passed up "a considerable offer" to leave.

"Clinton and his family were a big part of the club and it's disappointing he has chosen to leave," coach Alastair Clarkson said.

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"While it's disappointing to lose a member of our 2012 Grand Final team, and a long-time contributor to our club, player movement is a reality in the free agency market," he said.

Young will be unveiled as a Magpie at noon today.

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Hawks fullback Stephen Gilham is considering a move, but given he is not a free agent he has a week to consider interest from Greater Western Sydney.

While Young is in demand, Carlton's Bret Thornton heads a list of free agents who will not be taken today so must wait until they are delisted on October 29 to throw themselves back into the free market.

2011 Elimination Final. Carlton v Essendon. MCG. Bret Thornton clears by hand Picture: Michael Klein Source: Herald Sun

Thornton has met with Gold Coast but, given he won't be selected before today's first free agency cut-off, he is still seen as a Carlton player.

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His task becomes harder after he is delisted, because every delisted player is automatically an unrestricted free agent, regardless of age.

The veteran defender must vie with fellow talls such as Melbourne's former first round draft pick Lucas Cook, who if delisted would be chased by several clubs.

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Carlton free agent Jordan Russell will also be delisted by the Blues.

Essendon unrestricted free agent David Hille is yet to commit to another one-year deal with the Dons.

Bomber forward Scott Gumbleton has a week to weigh up his options to stay, or join the Western Bulldogs.

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