2022 Pocket Profile: Collingwood Magpies
We’ve gone to a SuperCoach stalwart to write this one in Paige of SuperCoach Paige fame. She is a diehard Collingwood fan, and honestly there was no-one better to write this profile for us.
It’s a new era at Collingwood. First-year coach Craig McRae takes the reins at the Magpies and brings with him a wealth of knowledge over his 15-year campaign in assistant coaching, let alone his exceptional playing career during his days with the all-conquering Brisbane Lions.
The Pies are in a transition period in 2022, and with 21 players under 21, opportunities are plentiful for the Pies who have invested in the last two drafts classes, boasting a nucleus of kids who will undoubtedly see game time this year.
Of the cheapies, Charlie Dean ($102,400 DEF) headlines with the former Fothergill Medalist of the VFL finding his way onto the list via the rookie draft, and could slot in early. Ash Johnson ($123,900 FWD) will see opportunity in the forward line as an explosive forward while Will Kelly ($123,900 DEF/FWD) who’s been on the list for a few years comes in at a cheap price having a few injury-interrupted years but looks ready to deliver in 2022. The biggest cheapie of all is the Reef McInnes ($123,900 MID) who didn’t debut last season due to injury but comes with huge wraps and has been a big talking point this preseason with the next generation academy player considered to the the pick of the 2020 draft class that also delivered players such as Ollie Henry, Caleb Poulter and Fin McCrae. Having crossed from Geelong to Collingwood, Nathan Kreuger ($198,100 DEF) will also command a key forward role in the Pies’ lineup.
Captain Scott Pendlebury ($492,300 MID) will move behind the ball in a new role in 2022 as the Pies prepare for life without one of their finest ever. He’ll still come into the midfield mix, but he’s worth keeping tabs on, particularly if he wins a positional change throughout the season.
BRODIE GRUNDY ($627,100 RUC)
No longer at the lofty price of $700,000, Brodie Grundy’s price tag is welcomed from SuperCoach players in 2022. Although Grundy’s output dipped last year, and let’s face it – he wasn’t alone in that metric, he’s shed a few kilograms so far this preseason and has been fingerprinted by Craig McRae as a key part of Collingwood’s 2022 aspirations. The ruckman who plays like a midfielder has one of the biggest ceilings in SuperCoach, with a capacity to score north of 150. However this preseason the task set before him in a new era at Collingwood has been his connections with his midfield group. He’s been urged to find meaningful and strong bonds with his fellow midfielders off the field, and while that might sound like a load of fluff, internally it’s already paying dividends with his hitouts to advantage, follow up work, tackling, and desire to become a deep target in the forward line coming to fruition so far in match simulation. Track watchers will tell you that Grundy’s enthusiasm, talk, and leadership have him set to mirror his All Australian seasons a few years ago.
PATRICK LIPINSKI ($359,900 MID)
Having crossed to the Pies in search of more opportunities, it was thought initially that former Bulldog Patrick Lipinski would slot into a wing or half-forward role, but having showcased his immense talents as a ball-winning midfielder with breakaway speed to burn throughout the preseason so far, he’s stamped himself as an onballer in his new club colours having impressed coach Craig McRae with his tenacity and grunt at the coalface. The 23-year-old showed his poise and goal nous during his 56-game career at the Western Bulldogs where he was largely played out of position, and those attributes are tipped to shine in a more natural role. There are similarities in his teammate Jack Crisp in his desire to run and carry the ball, hit the scoreboard, and work tirelessly up and down the ground. With plenty of positions up for grabs, Lipinski’s job security is tipped to be high. If you’re looking for a unique option, or even a strong selection in SuperCoach draft, Lipinski is your guy.
JORDAN DE GOEY ($463,500 MID/FWD)
This one may divide opinion, and although Jordan De Goey’s preseason has been anything less than ideal, he is in the best shape physically he’s ever been in, having done a mountain of work on his body with the promise of serious midfield minutes in 2022. Indiscretions aside, he’s slotted back into the club without issue, and undoubtedly remains in Collingwood’s best 22. De Goey remains a match winner and an unquestionable talent who can turn games, and having averaged 85 across the season last year, when deployed into the midfield, he returned consistent three-digit scores. From round 11 onwards, he exploded with seven scores over 100, of which two were north of 120. During that run, he averaged 20 possessions and a goal a game, further enhancing his credentials. It’s a contract year for De Goey who qualifies as a restricted free agent at season’s end. Both the Pies and De Goey will be looking for serious output in 2022, but if you’re looking to add a little bit of flair and dual position flexibility, De Goey poses as the perfect option.
NICK DAICOS ($193,800 MID)
The hype is real. So high are the wraps on the youngest of the Daicos brothers he could’ve played senior football for the Pies last season. While he sits at the pointy end of SuperCoach rookie price tags, you can’t afford not to have him given his elite ball-winning abilities, goal kicking, and high efficiency – all attributes that bode well in SuperCoach scoring. With the Pies boasting 21 players under 21 on their list, opportunities will be plentiful as the club rebuilds under first-year coach McRae and Daicos will be at the forefront. There is a slight Asterix that comes with Daicos’ selection, like it will many first-year rookies in 2022, and that is that this draft class, particularly those from Victoria, haven’t had as much exposure in the last two years of COVID-effected footy. However, you need only go back to Daicos’ efforts in the VFL game against Footscray at the beginning of last year and his outing against Geelong’s VFL side to know he’s well and truly ready to step onto centre stage at the MCG. Having averaged 36 disposals and two goals in the NAB League, the elite father/son selection will start his career behind the ball, will spend cameo minutes through the midfield and will get his opportunity up forward too. However already he’s been taking quite a lot of kick-ins in preseason drills, and already is considered one of the best kicks at the club. Charlie Dean ($102,400 DEF) also poses as a bargain basement option in defence. Track his preseason to see where he slots in.
MASON COX ($275,300 FWD)
While it’s no fault of his own, Mason Cox has never really been a SuperCoach relevant player, but his price point in 2022 really does pose the question. If he’s cheap, which he is, and if he plays – why wouldn’t he be worth rolling the dice on? Key forwards rarely dominate SuperCoach scoring, and even then Cox’s ceiling wouldn’t equate him being a long-term prospect in your team meaning you’ll be burning a trade to move him on at some point anyway. The jury is still out on whether or not Cox will be in Collingwood’s best 22 this year, particularly with ex-Cat Nathan Kreuger crossing as a promising key forward, and young gun Ash Johnson tipped to be utilised heavily as forward, Cox’s job security doesn’t look overly appearing in what is a contract year for the American.