MELBOURNE has landed 2010 Collingwood premiership player Heritier Lumumba.
The 27-year-old was acquired by the club in a three-way deal, which saw former Demon Mitch Clark join Geelong and ex-Cat Travis Varcoe become a Magpie.
Lumumba, a dashing defender/winger, played 199 games with the Magpies from 2005-14.
In his past eight seasons, he has averaged 23.25 matches, which is more than the regular home and away season.
Lumumba joins Melbourne having had a fine season with Collingwood, finishing fourth in the Copeland Trophy.
An All-Australian member in 2010, Lumumba also played in Collingwood’s pre-season premiership side in 2011.
Originally a rookie claimed at No.20 in December 2004, Lumumba was recruited from Ross Moyne/Claremont.
He made his AFL debut in round 18, 2005 against Fremantle at the MCG.
Clark will play for his third AFL club, after he started his career with the Brisbane Lions, where he played from 2006-11.
The key forward/ruckman played 15 of his 97 AFL matches with Melbourne from 2012-13, as he did not play a match in 2014.
Although he suffered several injuries – he was particularly troubled by a foot injury – he retired after round four due to clinical depression.
But he recently decided to make a return to the game and medically it was deemed Clark should make a fresh start at another AFL club, which ultimately sparked the trade.
Varcoe, a dual Geelong premiership player in 2009 and 2011, played 138 matches and kicked 130 goals with the Cats from 2007-14.