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Luke Mason  July 13, 2017 6:25 PM

Buckley addresses the media Coach Nathan Buckley spoke to the media on Tuesday about the final round seven rounds of the home and away season, beginning with Saturday's clash with the Gold Coast.

Milestones, senior names and class headline the four changes to the Collingwood team that will travel to Gold Coast on Saturday.

Daniel Wells returns for his 250th senior appearance, and Jarryd Blair his 150th, while Jeremy Howe and Darcy Moore are back after overcoming injury.

The quartet replaces the suspended Levi Greenwood and omitted trio Tim Broomhead, Mason Cox and Josh Smith.

Cox and Smith remain in contention as emergencies, joining Rupert Wills as the three players on the edge of selection.

Awesome Wells
250 games
Daniel Wells
might be a relative newcomer to the Collingwood family, but his football record is vast and storied.

Drafted out of West Australian club Peel Thunder at the age of 17, Wells joined a North Melbourne club still adjusting to life after Wayne Carey and Denis Pagan.

In the decade that followed, he would go on to establish himself as one of the preeminent footballers in the competition.

He played 243 games for North Melbourne, collecting two All-Australian squad nominations, two North Melbourne best-and-fairests and represented his country against Ireland on three occasions.

Blairy bounces back
150 games
A Morrish Medallist in his final TAC Cup season with Gippsland, Jarryd Blair was the 98th player to be added to the AFL system through the draft process of 2008.

Eighteen months of consistent VFL form under coach Gavin Brown saw Blair eventually granted his opportunity at senior level when the Magpies of 2010 were at their optimum.

At 174cm, Blair has fought against football convention to become one of Collingwood’s most trusted players.

He has featured in all 11 of the Magpies’ finals during that time, winning the Harry Collier Trophy (Best First Year Player) and the Gavin Brown Award (Desire Indicators) in the process.

Although he has found himself out of the senior side at times this year, Blair’s impact on his teammates and club remains profound.

VFL
The VFL Magpies are on the charge, entering Saturday’s clash with Williamstown having won four of their past five games.

Now sitting on the edge of the eight, a win against the third-placed Seagulls will put Jared Rivers’ team squarely in finals contention.

The Magpies are bolstered by the return of Tom Phillips from illness, while Tim Broomhead, Mason Cox and Josh Smith return from the senior team.

The first bounce at Victoria Park is scheduled for 1pm.

Gold Coast v Collingwood
AFL Round 17
Saturday 15 July
Metricon Stadium, 4.35pm


Collingwood
B:
Jeremy Howe, Lynden Dunn, Tom Langdon
HB: Jack Crisp, Tyson Goldsack, Brayden Maynard
C: Steele Sidebottom, Scott Pendlebury, Will Hoskin-Elliott
HF: Josh Thomas, Ben Reid, Travis Varcoe
F: Jamie Elliott, Darcy Moore, Alex Fasolo
Foll: Brodie Grundy, Daniel Wells, Adam Treloar
Int: Jordan De Goey, Jarryd Blair, Matthew Scharenberg, Taylor Adams
Emg: Rupert Wills, Josh Smith, Mason Cox

IN: Jarryd Blair, Jeremy Howe, Darcy Moore, Daniel Wells
OUT: Levi Greenwood (suspended), Tim Broomhead, Mason Cox, Josh Smith

Milestones: Daniel Wells (200 games), Jarryd Blair (150 games)