AFL 2023: Fremantle forward Lachie Schultz joins Collingwood

Collingwood’s attack will boast another prolific goalkicker in 2024 after the Magpies secured Fremantle forward Lachie Schultz in a trade.

The Magpies sent pick 34 and their future first-round selection to the Dockers in exchange for the 25-year-old, who has kicked 63 goals over the last two seasons.

The 178cm pressure forward will end his five-year stint at Fremantle, after the Dockers recruited him from VFL club Williamstown as a 21-year-old in 2018.

Schultz, who was a free agent at the end of 2021 but opted to remain with Fremantle despite strong interest from Hawthorn, said family reasons had been a major part of his decision to move back to Victoria.

“I’d like to thank Fremantle for my time at the club and for coming to an arrangement with Collingwood,” Schultz said.

“The Dockers gave me my first football opportunity, and I will be forever grateful for my time there. I would not be the player I am today without the support of the football staff and players.

“Family is important to me and is one of the reasons I have decided to make the move back to Victoria.”

He said he thought there was “something special” about the Magpies which had made them his preferred destination.

“They have experienced ultimate success – and this is something I hope to one day be a part of. I am excited to pull on the black and white stripes next year,” he said.

Collingwood football boss Graham Wright said Schultz was an “exciting acquisition” for the Pies’ forward line.

“We are pleased to have come to terms with Fremantle for Lachie and look forward to welcoming him and his family to the Club in the coming weeks,” Wright said.

“We feel Lachie’s football talent and forward craft combined with his speed, power, and endurance, make him an exciting acquisition for our football program.”

It comes as North Melbourne picked up Richmond key defender Bigoa Nyuon on Monday in exchange for pick 65.

The 22-year-old played a solitary game in 2022 after the Tigers selected him as a rookie, but did not play at senior level this season.

Kangaroos list boss Brady Rawlings said there would be more opportunity for Nyuon at Arden Street.

“Biggie is an athletic key defender who stood out to us with his ability to take intercept marks and his versatility to play as a ruck,” Rawlings said.

“The Tigers have a few tall options down back and in the ruck, so he’s searching for an opportunity to play senior football.”

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