Collingwood list manager Ned Guy has headed to the United States as the Magpies look to gain greater insight into the practices of NFL clubs.
The Magpies confirmed to The Age on Monday that Guy will attend the NFL draft in Texas this week, a timely move given the AFL’s expected shift towards the live trading of picks at its own draft later this year.
Guy will also visit a couple of NFL clubs as part of his trip.
Former player agent Guy joined the Pies at the end of last year as Collingwood restructured their recruiting and list management division, with Derek Hine taking over the role of national recruiting manager.
The AFL is also seeking to improve its understanding of practices in the NFL. As reported last week, the league has sent three officials to Texas for the three-day draft, which is being held at the 80,000 capacity AT&T Stadium, home ground of the Dallas Cowboys.
In-draft trading has long been a part of American football and is expected to be introduced in the AFL this year, adding a different tactical dimension to the selection meeting.
The specifics of live trading are set to be looked at by the newly-formed competition committee, unveiled by the AFL last month, which features a selection of players, chief executives, coaches, presidents and football managers from across the league.
The live trading of active players, as opposed to picks, is not an option for this year but could be considered down the track.
Meanwhile the Pies are understood to be closing in on a new for contract for youngster Callum Brown. The father-son pick, who has played eight games in his fledgling career, is out of contract at season’s end but is expected to sign a new deal soon.
The son of former Pies captain Gavin Brown, Callum has built a reputation as a poised midfielder.
It shapes as a crucial next few month for an abundance of players at Collingwood, with about half of the Pies’ list beginning the year out of contract.