Nathan Buckley has again been entrusted with the arduous task of getting things right at Collingwood.
It appeared there was some umming and ahhing throughout the 2017 season but the Magpies board came to the conclusion that the club champion can carry them forward with the current list at his disposal.
Very little happened in the trade period, only bringing in rookie Sam Murray from Sydney in a bid to add some speed and line-breaking ability to the backline having lost injury-prone pair Jackson Ramsay and Ben Sinclair to delisting and retirement.
The major concern seems to be the spine and/or key position. There is no automatic selection at full-back, centre half-back, centre half-forward and full-forward as question marks remain as to where Ben Reid is best suited, if Mason Cox is up to it and if Lynden Dunn is just filling the hole until someone better comes along.
There has also been talk of Darcy Moore perhaps playing in defence.
The midfield is strong with Scott Pendlebury, Best & Fairest winner Steele Sidebottom, Taylor Adams and Adam Treloar, but there has been major criticism of the delivery of the latter two which denies the ever-changing forward line any chance to play confidently and consistently.
With this in mind, from a draft viewpoint the Magpies must take a talented midfielder with good foot skills.
At Pick 6, they can land the services of Sandringham Dragons star Andrew Brayshaw who is rated as having the best kicking ability of the top mids in the draft.
After that, what happens at Pick 38 and beyond is anybody’s guess so the Pies will want things to go their way in the first 5 selections so they can get the player they want at 6.
Is the following 22 good enough to make ground in 2018 and place the Magpie train on the right track?
2017 Draft picks: 6, 38, 56, 61, 70, 80, 98