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I really want to play on. I feel I've got more to give
Lachie Keeffe

DELISTED Magpie Lachlan Keeffe believes he still has "more to give" at AFL level after being cut by Collingwood this week.  

The Magpies retained Keeffe on their list last season after serving a two-year drug ban, but the 27-year-old failed to play a senior game.

He is unlikely to find a new home during this month's NAB AFL Trade Period, but as a delisted free agent could be signed immediately by a club searching for a tall defender.  

He said there had been some interest from clubs.  

"Obviously the Trade Period's on at the moment and the delisted free agency [window] comes after that so my manager's been talking to a few clubs and there's a bit of interest," Keeffe told SEN on Friday.  

"But footy's a pretty fickle game so until you sign on that dotted line it's hard to know what's going on.  

"I really want to play on. I feel I've got more to give."  

Keeffe, who played 40 games for the Pies, including 18 in his best season in 2014 before the anti-doping ban, was used as a forward at VFL level across this year.  

But he said if he got another chance in the AFL he sees himself fitting in better as a defender.  

"It'd be in the backline, I'd say. That'd be first and foremost. That's where I feel I play my best footy and hopefully I can get a crack and show my wares next year," he said.  

Keeffe, along with Collingwood teammate Josh Thomas, tested positive to the banned substance clenbuterol in February, 2015.  

They were hit with two-year bans, but were given another chance to return to the club as rookies, despite not being able to play in 2016. Keeffe said his stint at the club had taught him plenty of lessons.  

"It's been an interesting one but I've had a lot of support from people outside of footy, and Collingwood in that time period.  

"If you're doing something you shouldn't be doing, then you cop your whack. It builds your character in one way, and you have ups and downs in life. I'd do it differently, but it was a good experience to have and I was able to do some things I wouldn't otherwise have been able to do."