Kreuger heads to Collingwood in first move of 2021 AFL trade period

The first move of the 2021 AFL trade period will be particularly pleasing for Collingwood fans on the Fleurieu Peninsula.

After making his AFL debut for Geelong this year, Victor Harbor's own Nathan Kreuger is becoming a Magpie.

The 22-year-old has been traded, along with pick 55, to Collingwood in exchange for pick 41.

The former Victor Harbor Football Club player made his AFL debut against North Melbourne at Hobart's Blundstone Arena on Saturday, July 31.

He had not known he would make his debut until the day before the match.

In his draft year at age 18 he was overlooked, which pushed him to work extra-hard at his SANFL club, South Adelaide, throughout his debut year in 2018.

As a 19-year-old, Kreuger was drafted to the Cats in 2018 on a three-year deal - and was soon joined by fellow Great Southern player Jake Tarca.

Kreuger was the first Great Southern Football League player selected by an AFL club since Goolwa/Port Elliot's Ryan Griffen was chosen by the Western Bulldogs in 2004 at pick number three.

Although he started his career up forward, Kreuger found himself in a new role this year and in his debut he played mostly full back and high half back, matching up on North Melbourne's key forward.

Although he started his career up forward, Kreuger found himself in a new role this year and in his debut he played mostly full back and high half back.

"I looked at it as another opportunity to get better and I think I've taken it into my stride pretty well," he said.

He was grateful to Geelong for giving him a chance.

"I thank those who nurtured me and showed me the way and I know they understand why Collingwood is the right place for me to take my career," he said.

"I'm really looking forward to fitting in with a young group and experiencing the Collingwood way."

The Magpies sought Kreuger out 12 months ago - Collingwood general manager of football Graham Wright said the club liked his athleticism, speed, and potential to grow with the football program.

"Collingwood has had an interest in Nathan for some time," Wright said.

"He is versatile and someone who, with his aerial abilities, can complement Brody Mihocek and Darcy Cameron and our other tall forwards.

"We're very happy to have him on board."

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