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Agenda: Ticks and crosses for 2017 Join Michael Christian and Jay Clark in Part One of The Agenda's mid-season review. Part Two will air on Collingwood Media at 8am on Monday 19 June.
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Darcy Moore has spent more time in the ruck this season. Here he is competing against Geelong's Mark Blicavs. Image: AFL Photos.

Is Darcy Moore destined to follow in his father's foot steps and become a dominant ruckman for the Magpies?

The team from Collingwood Media's 'The Agenda' believe the 21-year-old's future will shine even brighter if he continues to develop up the ground.

“In recent weeks, Collingwood’s had the small forward line which has necessitated Darcy Moore to get into the ruck,” Michael Christian said as he reviewed the Magpies' first half of the season.

“It’s been a real positive for Darcy. I think he’s shown us what he’s capable of in the ruck.

“I don’t want to put too much pressure on him, but I think in two to four years time, he could be the dominant ruckman in the competition.”

After a quiet start to the season, Moore has flourished in his dual role-playing further up the ground in the ruck and as a key forward target.

In the past five games – in which Collingwood has secured three important wins – Moore has recorded 26 hitouts, kicked nine goals (having kicked six in the first six weeks), and has improved his output with contested possessions and tackles.

And according to Christian, these are early signs that could propel Moore into a successful career as a ruckman.

“He has to build up a bit of body strength…but from what we’ve seen, his ability to leap at the centre bounce, his athleticism around the ground, his ball use…he could be anything.”

“You know who he reminds me of – and I’m old enough to say this – he reminds me of his dad.”

Darcy's dad, Peter Moore, played 249 games (172 for the Magpies) in a career that was filled with incredible accolades.



Peter Moore competes for a ruck contest against Hawthorn during a 1978 VFL match at the MCG. Image: AFL Photos.

The agile ruckman is a two-time Brownlow Medallist and Collingwood Best and Fairest, and led the Magpies’ goal kicking from 1997-78.

In 2015, Collingwood-Moore ties were strengthened once again, as Darcy joined the club as a father-son selection and decided to don the No.30 for the Black and White - made famous by his father.

And in another step which would mirror his father's career, greater time spent in the ruck could be on the horizon for the youngster. 

“(Darcy) could be a dominant ruckman also. That’s been a real positive out of the first half of the season to give him that opportunity.”