Collingwood Magpies poach Graham Wright from Hawthorn Hawks to replace Geoff Walsh.

Collingwood had an abysmal 2020 trade period but have finally snagged one blockbuster signing, securing a key figure behind Hawthorn’s golden run.

Graham Wright is now the Magpies’ general manager of football after Geoff Walsh, who had assumed the position of head of football, resigned from his role in November “to explore other opportunities”.

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Wright joined Hawthorn’s football department in 2007, working in recruiting and list management until he transitioned to head of football in 2018.

Hawthorn won four premierships in Wright’s chapter at the club, taking out the flag in 2008, 2013, 2014 and 2015.

Hawks chief executive Justin Reeves said the club was disappointed to see Wright depart.

“Graham has given this club incredible service and we will be forever grateful for his contribution and commitment to the brown and gold,” Reeves said.

“While it is always disappointing to lose someone of Graham’s calibre, we are also supportive of his decision and understand that the time is right for Graham to seek a new challenge.

“On behalf of everyone at Hawthorn I would like to wish Graham, Tracey, Ethan and James all the best for the next chapter of their lives.”

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Collingwood fans were livid that the club in November let go Jaidyn Stephenson, Adam Treloar, Tom Phillips and Atu Bosenavulagi and didn’t add any players to their stocks.

But they now have reason to cheer.

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