Blues sign Kieran Collins

Kieran Collins

Kieran Collins has committed to the Northern Blues for the 2019 season. (Photo: AFL Media)

The Northern Blues has made its first major move of the off-season, signing former Western Bulldog Kieran Collins for 2019.

Collins arrives at the Blues after spending three years at the Kennel, after he was drafted with pick No.26 in the 2015 AFL Draft.

A big-bodied key defender, Collins was a standout for the Dandenong Stingrays and Vic Country in his underage year, often partnering Carlton draftee Jacob Weitering in defence.

Equally adept at being a defensive stopper as he is intercepting down back, Collins is strong overhead and has a competitive streak.

The powerful defender has a clean set of hands and, at his best, can cope with the opposition’s biggest and best forward.

Still just 20 years of age, Collins has 40 games of VFL experience under his belt, and will add to a young defensive line for the Blues almost instantly.

Northern Blues General Manager Ben Brennan said the Club was delighted to add a player of Collins’ ilk to the ranks.

“Officially adding Kieran to our playing list is a really exciting moment for our football club,” Brennan said.

“He’s a big, strong defender and an impressive young man who we think will add to our group.

“We’ve had him at training to start pre-season and we know he’s really keen to get going.

“We think he’s got some leadership qualities and he’s had some experience at AFL and VFL level, he’ll be a big part of our group going forward.”

Collins joins Max Dreher, Sam Fisher, Jordan Lynch, Jesse Palmer, Ethan Penrith and Jean-Luc Velissaris as those who have committed to the Northern Blues for 2019.