Glimmer of hope for axed Pies' AFL veteran

Collingwood's Lynden Dunn has been delisted but hopes to be picked up again by the club.
Collingwood's Lynden Dunn has been delisted but hopes to be picked up again by the club.

The door remains slightly ajar for Collingwood veteran Lynden Dunn to continue his AFL career despite being delisted by the Magpies.

Dunn, who is recovering from a second knee reconstruction in two years, will continue to train with the Pies during the summer.

The 32-year-old will nominate for the national and pre-season drafts and will be considered for a Collingwood rookie spot if he is overlooked in both.

Collingwood have also delisted Ben Crocker and Sam Murray, who is coming towards the end of his 18-month ban for failing a game-day drugs test.

Murray tested positive to an illicit substance - believed to be cocaine - in July 2018, his debut season in the AFL.

His ban expires on February 16, 2020, and he is reported to have attracted interest from rival clubs ahead of being allowed to resume training in December.

The retirement of Tyson Goldsack and Daniel Wells means the Pies have made five changes to their primary list ahead of Thursday's first lodgement deadline.

Collingwood list manager Ned Guy said the changes would help the club to blood promising youngsters over the next 12 to 18 months, including Isaac Quaynor, Will Kelly, Mark Keane, Tom Wilson, Nathan Murphy and Tyler Brown.

Australian Associated Press