Magpies want players to know their history
COLLINGWOOD will seek to forge closer ties between its past players and the current team on the advice of the club’s new leadership and culture manager Nick Maxwell.
Maxwell, the 2010 premiership captain, has been back working with the Magpies for a month, and is thriving in the new role, which also encompasses the club’s AFLW and netball teams.
“It is something I am trying to drive,” Maxwell said, as he took part in the reunion of the 2010 premiership side yesterday. “We have got 125 years of history and we have a great capacity to draw on what we have done in the past and make it relevant for today’s playing group.
“In the past you grew up barracking for Collingwood, and you were recruited by Collingwood, and if you were good enough, you ended up playing for Collingwood.
“Now, you can be drafted from anywhere. We may only have a few who grew up barracking for Collingwood, so it is important to make them aware of the history and their place in it. There is a legacy you have to try and leave. The more we do it, the greater the understanding will be.”
Maxwell gathered with his 2010 premiership teammates for a reunion lunch yesterday.
“We always do this once a year,” he said. “A lot of our boys went their separate ways and the team sort of broke up pretty quickly [in the years after the win], but it is always great to see them back together again.”
Most of the team, as well as coach Mick Malthouse and president Eddie McGuire, attended, while there were a few apologies for those who could not be there.
Jarryd Blair, Steele Sidebottom and Luke Ball had other engagements, Heritier Lumumba was away, Alan Toovey was working in Merimbula, and Dayne Beams was in Queensland.
Maxwell spent last week as part of the club’s AFLW camp to Moe, and is working long hours in an effort to get to know all levels of the Collingwood club, which has changed considerably since he left.
“You want it to be the best possible place for players to thrive in the environment,” Maxwell said.