Collingwood mid-season draftee Josh Carmichael has caught the eye of senior coach Craig McRae.

McRae told SEN’s The Run Home that Carmichael won’t play against GWS on Sunday but is a “watch this space” regarding a possible AFL debut later in the year.

The 22-year-old midfielder-forward was selected with the Magpies’ first pick in this year’s mid-season rookie draft.

Carmichael averaged 24 disposals, five clearances and a goal a game for SANFL club West Adelaide before being snapped up by Collingwood.

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“We’re excited by what we’ve seen on the training track,” McRae said on Thursday.

“He hasn’t played much and hasn’t worn the jumper enough to know the ins and outs of how we want to play.

“But certainly yesterday (Thursday) at training he was one of those guys where you go, ‘OK, I really like what he’s doing at the moment’.

“Watch this space. If he continues to learn our system opportunities may present for him.”

Carmichael collected 23 disposals and laid 10 tackles on VFL debut.

Collingwood’s VFL side play Brisbane at the AIA Centre on Saturday afternoon.