Pies could throw Jordan Roughead a lifeline

Collingwood are considering uncontracted Western Bulldogs premiership player Jordan Roughead as they look to consolidate their big-man stocks.

Jordan Roughead of the Bulldogs competes in the ruck with Demons big man Max Gawn.

Jordan Roughead of the Bulldogs competes in the ruck with Demons big man Max Gawn.Credit:AAP

Roughead, who was left in limbo this week when the Eagles opted to recruit Tom Hickey from St Kilda to replace their departing ruckman, Scott Lycett, is a tall who has the versatility to play multiple roles.

The Magpies would need to trade with the Bulldogs to secure Roughead after the free agency period ended at 5pm Friday, however the Bulldogs were not planning to have Roughead on the list so a trade should be possible.

The respected 27-year-old played alongside Collingwood assistant coach Matthew Boyd in the club's historic premiership in 2016 and is understood to have a good relationship with him.

Roughead's character is exemplary and he continued to battle hard for the Bulldogs this year even when disappointed at occasional stints in the VFL.

An impressive performer in his 138 games with the Bulldogs, he showed great courage to play in the 2016 grand final after suffering an eye injury in the preliminary final. He could provide back up to Brodie Grundy, who developed into one of the game's best ruckmen this season.

Roughead was set to leave for overseas this weekend and was hoping to have his future assured before the trip.

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