Tarkyn Lockyer says Collingwood’s young brigade will need to elevate themselves to new levels if they’re to achieve the ultimate success in 2020.
Lockyer, who has overseen the development of the Magpies’ youngsters as the club's Academy's coach, wants to see a changing of the guard at the Holden Centre next season.
Nathan Buckley's side fell agonisingly short of another Grand Final appearance, falling at the preliminary final hurdle to GWS.
“It’s a tough midfield to get into, but this is where the improvement has got to come from,” Lockyer told SEN Breakfast.
“Where does the improvement come from? It’s from the kids.
“Pendles (Scott Pendlebury) has been an unbelievable player for a long time … we need these younger guys to improve and get past the likes of Pendlebury to take the club forward.”
Tyler Brown is one Pies youngster that Lockyer has high hopes for after a string of sound performances in the VFL.
“I really like the look of Tyler Brown, son of Gavin and brother of Callum,” Lockyer said.
“He’s an inside midfielder who is learning his craft and the development we have seen in him in the last 12 months at VFL level is very, very exciting.
“I think If he can get a bigger pre-season under his belt, put on some weight, I think he’ll get his opportunity.”
Brown was taken a pick No.50 as a father-son in 2017 and is yet to debut at AFL level.
Lockyer was appointed as the AFL’s Academy's head coach, replacing Brisbane triple premiership player Luke Power.
Listen to Tarkyn Lockyer’s chat on SEN Breakfast in the player below