ST KILDA could poach talented Magpies youngster Nathan Freeman in this year's trade period, manager Paul Connors has confirmed.
The Saints have emerged as a potential suitor for Freeman, who is out of contract at season's end, with the Magpies unable to reach a suitable deal as yet.
The 20-year-old, selection No.10 in the 2013 NAB AFL Draft, is yet to play an AFL game with his first two seasons ruined by serious hamstring injuries.
"We're working through and I've got open dialogue with the club (the Magpies)," Connors told SEN on Saturday.
"There's a chance (he'll move from Collingwood). He's not contracted and the season's over but there's still a long way to go.
"But I met with Collingwood [on Friday]. He's not gone."
Connors also manages out-of-contract Essendon midfielder Jake Melksham.
AFL.com.au revealed on Tuesday that the Bombers offered Melksham a new two-year deal, but the 24-year-old is weighing up his future.
Melbourne has shown interest in Melksham with his relationship with coach-in-waiting Simon Goodwin, which began during their time at Essendon together between 2010-2014, a potential reason for a change of scenery.
"He's a really loyal man and he's got a couple of decisions to make in the next few weeks," Connors said.
"There is (a chance he will be at Melbourne). But there's a chance that he'll be at the Bombers as well."