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Pies cut Armstrong, but promise to re-draft him

Tony Armstrong of the Magpies in action during the 2014 AFL Round 21 match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Brisbane Lions at the MCG, Melbourne on August 16, 2014. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Collingwood's Tony Armstrong
COLLINGWOOD is likely to pick up Tony Armstrong in December's rookie draft after delisting him on Friday.
 
Armstrong played just five matches in the 2014 season, including being a late call up for the round 21 clash against the Brisbane Lions having played in the VFL earlier that day.
 
He was later measured as clocking 25km over the two matches.
 
The 25-year-old had previously played a total of 29 matches with Adelaide and the Sydney Swans.
 
"In recognition of Tony's strong finish we have committed to taking him as a mature-age rookie," Collingwood's list manager Derek Hine told the club's website.
 
"He found his way with a number of fine performances that convinced us he has a role to play in the 2015 campaign."
 
The decision to stash Armstrong on the rookie list will enable Collingwood to make five selections in November's NAB AFL Draft, which includes father-son pick Darcy Moore at No.9.
 
The Magpies will take picks No.5, No.9, No.30, No.48 and No.85 to the draft.