Mag­pies want play­ers to know their his­tory

Sunday Tasmanian - - Classifieds - GLENN McFAR­LANE

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.

Nick Maxwell

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