The Chronicle

‘Pendles’ to finish career at Magpies


SCOTT Pendlebury is on track to play the 350th game of his brilliant career next season after re-signing at Collingwoo­d for another two years.

The 33-year-old is already the Magpies’ club record-holder for games played (334) and matches as captain (183) and will continue into a 17th season in black and white.

Pendlebury’s third-placed finish last week in Collingwoo­d’s best and fairest count was the 13th time he’s been on the Copeland Trophy podium, including winning it five times.

“I’m glad to have come to an arrangemen­t with the club to share in what feels like a new era,” he said.

“Being a one-club player was one thing, something I am proud of, but my main motivation is to do all that I can to assist ‘Fly’ (new coach Craig McRae) and the new coaching group develop the squad.

“If you are not in contention, you have to be working towards it. That’s exciting.”

The Pies originally offered Pendlebury only a one-year contract and the eventual deal followed some speculatio­n about the potential of him going elsewhere after comments he made on radio.

Asked in August if he would consider a move to an opposition club that included a guarantee of transition­ing into a coaching role – like what Sam Mitchell did – Pendlebury said he would consider it.

“If a club wants to offer me future coaching gigs for a couple of years’ time, I’ll have a look at it,” he told Triple M.

“But playing wise, I’m pretty confident (I’ll stay at Collingwoo­d).”

Whether it was a tactic or not, Pendlebury and his management team, Hemisphere Management Group, was able to convince the Magpies to double their offer.

He also quickly clarified on Twitter that he wanted to be a one-club player.

Magpies football boss Graham Wright said Pendlebury remained a standard-bearer for his younger teammates.

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