18/04/2024

Nathan Buckley addressing the media. Photo- @CollingwoodFC on Twitter

After a disappointing start to the season, Collingwood is looking to make changes that will help turn its season around.

After a 1-3 start, Collingwood is looking to make a change that will turn its season around as it travels west to take on the Eagles on Friday night.

Nathan Buckley spoke to the media this afternoon about what lies ahead for the Magpies with one of the changes discussed a potential move forward for All-Australian defender, Darcy Moore.

Moore started his career up forward, before being moved into the backline where he quickly became a crucial member of the Magpies back six

“Darcy Moore is an elite All-Australian defender, we understand the possibilities of his aerial capabilities to be used forward. We’ll have to see if we explore that over the next 4-6 weeks,” Buckley said.

Moore plays like a forward with his aerial prowess and reading of the play and already knows where the ball will drop before the forwards do.

One inclusion that has left Collingwood fans happy is the debut of draftee Finlay Macrae, the brother of Bulldogs superstar Jack Macrae.

“Fin Macrae will play his first game. His practice games and training since being drafted has been very good,” Buckley said.

“He was leaning in against Paddy Dangerfield on the weekend. He’s a natural ball winner that can play through the midfield and forward.”

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There have been calls over the last week for Collingwood to start playing the kids but Buckley has assured fans that they will play when they’re ready.

“Reef McInnes and Caleb Poulter are starting to show their strengths. Darcy Cameron has been as consistent as any. We pulled Levi into that sub role last week as he had been very good for three weeks,” Buckley said.

“I think we’re all in the caper of wanting to win games of footy, we haven’t selected a team in recent weeks to not win.

“Play the kids is a common refrain at the moment.

“If I was sitting watching the footy with my grandfather back in the day, he’d yell ‘just kick it’ and ‘play the kids’ makes about as much sense as that.

“If they’re ready they’ll play and Fin’s deserved his opportunity.”

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