Collingwood like what they see in Jarrah Maksymow 

Click or flick across for photos of Jarrah in action over the past ten years. 

NORTH Albury excitement machine Jarrah Maksymow is on Collingwood’s recruiting radar.

Maksymow, 21, trained with the Magpies recently after Hoppers coach Jason Akermanis recommended him to former Brisbane Lions premiership teammate and Collingwood development ­officer Craig McRae.

The dashing left-footer is looking to get his football career back on track after spending 54 days in custody in relation to a domestic incident.

Akermanis said he first spoke to McRae at fellow Brownlow medallist Simon Black’s testimonial last month.

“I was telling him about Jarrah and suggested they should get him down there to have a look at him,” he said.

“I consider Jarrah one of the elite players in the Ovens and Murray.

“Jarrah jumped at the chance and went down there for a run.

“Being so late in the pre-season it was more of a game than a training session.

“They had a look at him and didn’t mind what they saw.

“Jarrah coming late sort of put him on the back foot as far as this season.

“But they really want to have a look at him over the season, which is a good idea.

“I also spoke to a number of other clubs to not only have a look at Jarrah but a few guys on our list and a few guys for the opposition.

“Collingwood, Brisbane, Sydney and Geelong will also be having a look at him this year.”

Maksymow joined North Albury last season from Murray Magpies just before the clearance deadline and had an immediate impact as the Hoppers went from wooden spooners to finalists.

The livewire kicked 22 goals in 11 matches and featured in the best on seven occasions.

He has also played for Collingullie-Ashmont-Kapooka, Culcairn and Lavington juniors.

Akermanis said Maksymow had enormous upside.

“With Jarrah we had to fix a few things with his kicking but he probably should be ready for the demands of being on an AFL list at the end of this season,” he said.

“In my opinion he has got the talent to make it on any AFL list.

“It’s just up to him now to be disciplined and do the required work.”

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