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Big Pie joins Suns, Dogs and Gold Coast swap picks

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 12: Jarrod Witts of the Magpies in action during the 2016 NAB Challenge match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Western Bulldogs at Etihad Stadium, Melbourne on March 12, 2016. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Jarrod Witts in action for the Pies

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GOLD Coast has secured ruckman Jarrod Witts from Collingwood after the clubs agreed on a trade that went through on Thursday.

Meanwhile, the Dogs and the Suns have traded picks. The Bulldogs secured pick 26 and 80 while handing Gold Coast 35 and 43.

In the Witts deal, the Suns parted with selections 44 and 62 but they have added much-needed depth to their ruck stocks. Witts joins Tom Nicholls and Dan Currie in the ruck division.
 
Suns football manager Marcus Ashcroft confirmed Witts would join the club for 2017, with his relationship with former Collingwood football boss and now Gold Coast coach Rodney Eade a major factor in the move.

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"We are delighted to have finalised a trade that will see Jarrod join the Suns," Ashcroft said.

"Jarrod was keen to join the Suns and his relationship with Rocket (Eade) was part of the reason behind him selecting us as his desired destination.

"We believe Jarrod has development in him and his addition will generate strong competition for the ruck role in 2017 and beyond."

Witts, originally selected by pick No.67 in the 2011 NAB AFL Draft, played 40 games in five seasons with Collingwood.

However, the big man managed just two games in 2016 as Brodie Grundy established himself as the preferred ruck option at the Magpies.

Trading out Witts also creates space for the Magpies as they look to assemble enough points, the equivalent of 485 draft points, under the father-son bidding system to allow them to bring in one of or both Callum Brown (son of Gavin) and Josh Daicos (son of Peter) in this year's NAB AFL Draft.