Pies look for edge to turn finals into flags

Mercury (Hobart) - - SPORT - LAU­REN WOOD

COLLING­WOOD does not need to “rein­vent the wheel” in 2020, ac­cord­ing to emerg­ing de­fender Isaac Quaynor, who says the Pies’ con­sec­u­tive heart­breaks could be a turn­ing point.

The Mag­pies have har­nessed how close they have come to glory over the past two sea­sons — mak­ing the grand fi­nal and a pre­lim­i­nary fi­nal re­spec­tively — in the open­ing weeks of this pre-sea­son in an ef­fort to “fine tune” what it needs to achieve a flag.

And Quaynor said the signs that the team has what is re­quired are all there.

“One of the themes in one of our ini­tial meet­ings was the fact that we’re so close,” he said. “We’re head­ing in the right di­rec­tion, we’re do­ing ev­ery­thing right. We’ve got the win­ning for­mula. We just need to fine tune a few dif­fer­ent things to make sure that we can achieve that fi­nal goal, which is win­ning a granny.

“That was the main goal and the main mes­sage that I got … that we’re right on track and we don’t have to rein­vent the wheel to go to the next step.”

Quaynor, 19, re-signed this week for an­other two years in a deal he ad­mit­ted had taken longer to be fi­nalised than he had ex­pected, but he is pleased to be locked in at the Holden Cen­tre for the near fu­ture.

A foot stress in­jury and then hip surgery — an arthro­scope, just be­fore a “pretty tame” trip to Bali with team­mates — at the end of the sea­son meant his pre-sea­son has been ham­pered, but the de­fender is now back run­ning and is hop­ing to be in full train­ing af­ter Christ­mas.

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