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Luke Mason  December 29, 2017 9:00 AM

The Grind Ep6: 2017's final stand This the week before Christmas and the Holden Centre is buzzing with new and familiar faces. Travis Cloke returns home, James Aish discusses his most productive pre-season, and Adam Treloar shares an emotional story of a new friend who's living under unfortunate circumstances.

New Year’s Day will mark 82 days until Collingwood’s first match of the 2018 home and away season, and only 32 days before the club’s first game of the second AFL Women’s campaign.

Collingwood Media presents a snapshot of the club’s progress over the summer as we prepare for the journey ahead.

List changes
Flynn Appleby* (GVW U18), Tyler Brown (Eastern U18), Jack Madgen* (US basketball), Brody Mihocek* (Port Melbourne), Nathan Murphy (Sandringham U18), Sam Murray (Sydney), Jaidyn Stephenson (Eastern U18)
OUT: Ben Sinclair (retired), Jesse White (retired), Lachlan Keeffe (delisted), Liam Mackie* (delisted), Mitch McCarthy* (delisted), Jackson Ramsay (delisted), Henry Schade (delisted)

Ashleigh Brazill (Collingwood Magpies Netball), Sarah Dargan (Calder U18), Darcy Guttridge (Gippsland U18), Eliza Hynes* (Australian Volleyball Team), Jamiee Lambert (Western Bulldogs), Chloe Molloy (Calder U18), Georgie Parker* (Australian Hockey Team), Iilish Ross (Murray U18), Kristy Stratton (Box Hill), Holly Whitford* (Gippsland U18)
OUT: Alicia Eva (traded to Greater Western Sydney), Penny Cula-Reid* (delisted), Kendra Heil* (delisted), Helen Roden* (delisted), Kate Sheahan* (delisted), Nicola Stevens (traded to Carlton), Lou Watton (delisted)
*Denotes rookie

New personnel
Several new faces have taken up residence in the Holden Centre’s offices during the pre-season.

Justin Longmuir arrived via West Coast to oversee the club’s backline and team defence. Matthew Boyd, the Western Bulldog champion, is now a Development Coach, and Geelong great Garry ‘Buddha’ Hocking will now command the midfield’s stoppage structure.

Elsewhere, Kevin White has taken the reigns as the club’s Strength and Conditioning Manager.

White is no stranger to a pre-season at the Holden Centre. After having worked as a sports scientist at the club under previous High Performance Managers David Buttifant and Bill Davoren, he now has control of the Magpies’ pre-season training program himself.

Collingwood’s AFL Women’s team has made several changes to its coaching panel for the second season of the competition.

Wayne Siekman remains as senior coach, leading a group that includes a member of the AFL playing list, Lynden Dunn, Daniel Harford, the former Hawk-turned-Blue, and Matthew Jones, a product of the Dandenong Stingrays’ coaching system.

Chloe McMillian, meanwhile, has graduated from the position of Development Coach to assistant coach.

Meanwhile, supporters may notice a familiar face wearing the club polo in 2018.

Mathew James, the one-time AFL field umpire, is now the AFLW team’s Football Operations Manager, having served as the team’s runner during its inaugural year.

Numbers up
The following players, be they new or existing, will wear new jumper numbers in season 2018.

Sam Murray
23. Sam McLarty
28. Nathan Murphy
31. Flynn Appleby
34. Tyler Brown
35. Jaidyn Stephenson
41. Brody Mihocek
44. Jack Magden

2. Chloe Molloy
10. Ashleigh Brazill
11. Eliza Hynes
13. Jaimee Lambert
19. Georgie Parker
21. Iilish Ross
28. Holly Whitford
34. Darcy Guttridge
41. Kristy Stratton
46. Sarah Dargan

Key dates to come
Monday 15 January – Saturday 20 January
Gold Coast training camp (AFL)

Friday 2 February
AFLW season opener: Carlton v Collingwood at IKON Park

Sunday 4 February – Thursday 8 February
Community Camp (AFL)

Thursday 15 February
AFLX exhibition match: Collingwood v Adelaide, Fremantle, Geelong, Port Adelaide and West Coast at Hindmarsh Stadium

Thursday 27 February
Annual General Meeting: Glasshouse Event Space, 6pm

Thursday 1 March
JLT Community Series Round One: Greater Western Sydney v Collingwood at Manuka Oval

Sunday 18 March
Final AFLW home and away match: Collingwood v Adelaide at the Holden Centre

Saturday 24 March
Opening round of the 2018 AFL home and away season: Hawthorn v Collingwood at the MCG