Collingwood has 14 uncontracted players at the end of 2023. How many of them are no-brainer picks on the Pies’ best team?
Coaches: Craig McRae
What happened in 2022?
It started off smoothly, but when Geelong turned the tables in Round 3 and then an undermanned West Coast in Round 4, things had the potential to look shaky. But if Craig McRae is anything, he’s his equal. From there, the Anzac Day win – with Jack Ginnivan – sparked some action before they really got rolling in the second half of the season. As of Round 10, the Pies racked up 11 straight-through wins, including nine from under two goals, and made sure to keep fans on their toes. Jordan De Goey’s Bali trip grabbed the headlines but the team let their football do the talking, but it was Sydney who added a late-season double whammy by taking four points in round 22 and then the team by just one point in a preliminary round derailed finale.
Where will they end in 2023?
It’s hard to see this team falling too far off the field, but steeling nerves like 2022 will be crucial. Had they dropped a few of these close ones, it could have been a very different story. Tom Mitchell comes in and should intervene directly while Dan McStay offers a key target up front and assist in the ruck, now Brodie Grundy is in Melbourne. Should be a top eight again.
Biggest improvement in 2022
It will be Pat Lipinski’s second year with the Pies, playing every game and final. It was a strong start and following post-season shoulder surgery, the former Bulldog’s immediate impact was only to become stronger.
JDG – it just has to be. Jordan De Goey found himself front and front in Melbourne in the winter after being fined $25,000 and suspended contract negotiations on a mid-season trip to Bali. There is also a conduct clause in the first two years of his eventually signed contract, which sees him at Collingwood until 2027. Despite his occasional inconsistencies, he showed what he’s capable of at the end of the year. If you do it more often, it’s among the best of the competition.
Signed until the end of 2024, Craig McRae is well-loved at Collingwood for both his style and his coaching skills. Players have praised the environment McRae created at the AIA Center and displayed on the field.
Who is in the final year of contract?
Aiden Begg, Arlo Draper, Ash Johnson, Cooper Murley, Harvey Harrison, Jeremy Howe, John Noble, Josh Carmichael, Mason Cox, Scott Pendlebury, Steele Sidebottom, Trent Bianco, Trey Ruscoe, Will Kelly
Outs from 2022
Brodie Grundy (Commerce – Melbourne), Jordan Roughead (Retired), Ollie Henry (Commerce – Geelong), Callum Brown (unlisted), Tyler Brown (unlisted), Jack Madgen (unlisted), Caleb Poulter (unlisted). no longer listed), Isaac Chugg (no longer listed). ), Liam McMahon (de-listed)
Ins for 2023
Dan McStay (Free Agent – Brisbane), Tom Mitchell (Trade – Hawthorn), Bobby Hill (Trade – Greater Western Sydney), Ed Allan (Pick #19), Billy Frampton (Trade – Adelaide), Jacob Ryan (Pick #29), Joe Richards (choice #48)
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