MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 08: Michael Hurley of the Bombers marks the ball during an Essendon Bombers AFL pre-season training session at True Value Solar Centre on January 8, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Pies join the race for Hurley

Collingwood has officially entered the race to sign suspended Essendon star Michael Hurley.

Pies coach Nathan Buckley confirmed on Monday night that the club is interested in the 26-year-old.

“I don’t know anyone that wouldn’t be interested in an A-grade talent,” Buckley said on Fox Footy’s AFL 360.

“Yeah we have (expressed interest in Hurley). We’ve spoken to his manager and his management.

“Any time an A-grade talent wants to look elsewhere, we’ll be in the mix.”

Hurley has also attracted interest from the Western Bulldogs, Melbourne, St Kilda and Adelaide.