Collingwood's Lachlan Keeffe during a 2014 match against the GWS Giants.
Collingwood's Lachlan Keeffe during a 2014 match against the GWS Giants. TRACEY NEARMY

Keeffe back on seniors list after drugs ban ends

AFL: Queenslander Lachlan Keeffe will have a big role to play for Collingwood next season after serving his two-year drug ban.

The Gympie product is one of the few tall defenders left standing at the Magpies following the departures of Nathan Brown (St Kilda), Jack Frost (Brisbane) and Jonathon Marsh, who is still contracted but has returned to Western Australia.

"So they're going to have a few issues,” former Melbourne forward David Schwarz told SEN radio. "They're going to have to rely on their midfielders to not let too much easy ball down into their backline.”

It leaves 195cm Ben Reid and 204cm Keeffe as the obvious key backmen, the latter added back to the senior list this week after serving his suspension for ingesting the banned substance clenbuterol.

"Certainly he (Keeffe) will be somebody that will come down and spend a fair bit of time there,” Schwarz said.

Fellow Queenslander Josh Thomas was also banned for having been found to have clenbuterol in his system, and has been rookie-listed by the Magpies.



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