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VFL Players 2017

47. Gus Borthwick

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Position: Midfielder
Height:
 180cm
Weight: 83kg
D.O.B: 29/12/96 
Recruited From: Melb Grammar/Old Melburnians

The story so far: A big-bodied midfielder who is as tough as they come. Borthwick enters the VFL Magpies leadership group in 2017 after 29 games in his first two years on the list.

49. Michael Chippendale

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Position: Defender
Height:
 190cm
Weight: 85kg
D.O.B: 22/06/92 
Recruited From: Tea Tree Gully JFC/Norwood

The story so far: A player who arrives at Magpieland with premiership experience in the SANFL. After playing 70 games for the Redlegs, Chippendale joins an already strong VFL backline.

51. Michael Still

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Position:
Forward
Height:
 194cm
Weight: 94kg
D.O.B: 22/03/91 
Recruited From: Essendon/Werribee (VFL)/West Adelaide

The story so far: A dangerous key forward who we haven't seen the best from yet. Still has kicked 20 goals in his nine Collingwood VFL games, yet injury kept him to just two appearances in 2016.

53. Jack Hellier

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Position: Midfielder
Height:
 178cm
Weight: 85kg
D.O.B: 15/08/88 
Recruited From: Sandringham U18/St Bedes-Mentone Tigers

The story so far: The long-standing captain of Collingwood's VFL team. Hellier has been a consistent face in the midfield for the VFL Magpies since his debut in 2012. Suffered a serious knee injury late in 2016.

55. Ryan Pendlebury

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Position: Defender
Height:
 191cm
Weight: 85kg
D.O.B: 02/08/92 
Recruited From: Sale FC/Bendigo (VFL)/Norwood (Vic)

The story so far: The younger brother of Scott, Ryan is a valued member of the VFL Magpies defence. He made the VFL team of the year in 2015 and consolidated with another 15 games in 2016. 

57. Ash Close

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Position: Forward
Height:
 199cm
Weight: 84kg
D.O.B: 24/12/91 
Recruited From: Ivanhoe Amateurs/Morwell FNC/Northcote Park

The story so far: A key forward who has successfully kicked Collingwood into games in years gone by. Close kicked five goals in five games in 2016 after bursting onto the scene the year prior.

59. Jackson Starcevich

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Position: Forward
Height:
 199cm
Weight: 100kg
D.O.B: 18/07/93 
Recruited From: Claremont (WAFL)/Redland (NEAFL)/Shepparton

The story so far: Son of Collingwood premiership player Craig, Starcevich comes to the VFL Magpies after spending time training at the club in 2016. An experienced marking key forward. 

61. Nick Gray

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Position: Midfielder
Height:
 185cm
Weight: 78kg
D.O.B: 24/09/92 
Recruited From: Mansfield/Northcote Park


The story so far: A VFL veteran who performs consistently week in, week out. Gray has hardly missed a game since 2013, and looks to continue to be a staple for the VFL Magpies in the year ahead.

63. Marty Hore

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Position: Defender
Height:
 189cm
Weight: 81kg
D.O.B: 05/03/96 
Recruited From: Leitchville/Bendigo U18

The story so far: A left-footer from the Bendigo Pioneers in the TAC Cup, Hore played nine games as a defender in his first year with the VFL Magpies. Can play tall or small and takes a strong overhead mark.

65. Lachlan Howe

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Position: Ruck/forward
Height:
 200cm
Weight: 100kg
D.O.B: 12/06/93 
Recruited From: Geelong VFL/St Joseph's FNC

The story so far: Howe played in the 2013 VFL Grand Final for Geelong before joining Collingwood the next year. The tallest man on the VFL Magpies' list played 13 games upon return from injury last year.

67. Matthew Smith

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Position: Midfielder
Height:
 181cm
Weight: 82kg
D.O.B: 11/01/91 
Recruited From: Calivil Utd/Port Melbourne (VFL)/Strathfieldsaye

The story so far: Smith is a player who can play both in the middle and as a small defender. The 26-year-old spent time at Port Melbourne in 2014, before joining the VFL Magpies two years later.

69. Jack Blair

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Position: Forward
Height:
 174cm
Weight: 71kg
D.O.B: 19/04/93 
Recruited From: Wonthaggi Power

The story so far: Brother a Jarryd, and a favourite of the VFL Magpies after he joined the club in 2014. Blair started the 2016 campaign in the team, but managed just one more game for the season in round four.

71. Alex Mastromanno

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Position: Forward
Height:
 187cm
Weight: 93kg
D.O.B: 28/07/98 
Recruited From: Brighton Grammar/Old Brighton

The story so far: A new face with the VFL Magpies in 2017, Mastromanno is a forward who is looking to further his defensive capabilities and become more mobile as he starts to call the Holden Centre home.

73. Sam Barnett (rookie)

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Position: Midfielder
Height:
 185cm
Weight: 80kg
D.O.B: 01/01/98 
Recruited From: St Kevins

The story so far: One of the youngest players on the list, Barnett is known for a consistently high work-rate. From St Kevins, Barnett is still eligible to play U19's, and will no doubt use his time at the Pies to develop his skills.

75. Max Kelly (rookie)

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Position: Forward
Height:
 187cm
Weight: 84kg
D.O.B: 06/12/97 
Recruited From: Scotch College/Old Scotch


The story so far: A raw, but talented prospect and son of 122-game Magpie Craig Kelly. Max has played most of his footy at Old Scotch in recent years, but will continue to train with the VFL Magpies in 2017.

77. Rourke Fischer (rookie)

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Position: Utility
Height:
 188cm
Weight: 94kg
D.O.B: 20/08/96 
Recruited From: Dandenong Stingrays/Seaford

The story so far: Despite having facing injury concerns in recent years, Fischer's strength in overcoming adversity and impressive junior resume see him join the VFL Magpies once again in 2017.

48. Lachlan Tardrew

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Position: Midfielder
Height:
 183cm
Weight: 75kg
D.O.B: 06/09/97
Recruited From: Sandhurst/Bendigo U18

The story so far: Injury meant Tardrew played less football than he would have liked in his first year as a Magpie. The midfielder played three games late in the season, a number he'll aim to add to in 2017.

50. Alex Woodward

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Position: Midfielder
Height:
 181cm
Weight: 78kg
D.O.B: 11/06/93 
Recruited From: Sandringham U18/Hawthorn

The story so far: A proven star of the VFL in recent years. Woodward spent three years on Hawthorn's AFL list, including a 2014 season in which he won the VFL's JJ Liston Medal as the best player in the competition.

52. Lachlan Wallace

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Position:
Defender
Height:
 176cm
Weight: 79kg
D.O.B: 24/01/92 
Recruited From: Dandenong U18/Frankston YCW


The story so far: A VFL Magpies veteran, having been on the list since 2012. Came back from a serious injury to play four games late in the 2016 season, including a final against Footscray.

54. Jordan Collopy

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Position: Forward
Height:
 178cm
Weight: 77kg
D.O.B: 16/08/93 
Recruited From: Oakleigh U18/Northcote Park


The story so far: Equalled his 2014 tally of 16 VFL games with an impressive showing in 2016. Collopy regularly found the goals and often pushed up the ground in his third season on the list.

56. Stephen Tahana

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Position: Utility
Height:
 183cm
Weight: 79kg
D.O.B: 02/02/97 
Recruited From: Gepps Cross/North Adelaide (SANFL)

The story so far: A member of the AFL Academy in 2015, Tahana crosses from North Adelaide to play for the Magpies in 2017. Expected to bring elite speed at either half back or on the wing.

58. Kye Beveridge

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Position: Midfielder
Height:
 178cm
Weight: 68kg
D.O.B: 21/08/98 
Recruited From: St Peters JFC (Vic)/De La Salle/Sandringham U18

The story so far: The son of Western Bulldogs premiership coach Luke became a familiar face for the Sandringham Dragons in the TAC Cup last season after three games in the competition the year before. 

60. Jordan Kelly

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Position: Defender
Height:
 191cm
Weight: 85kg
D.O.B: 27/06/93 
Recruited From: Dandenong U18/Hawthorn/Western Bulldogs

The story so far: A key defender with AFL experience, Kelly impressed many in his first season with the VFL Magpies in 2016. Was named in the VFL Team of the Year after a string of solid performances.

62. Adrian Indovino

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Position: Forward
Height:
 182cm
Weight: 82kg
D.O.B: 18/03/95 
Recruited From: East Malvern/Oakleigh U18/De La Salle

The story so far: Indovino is an excitement machine who will hope to add to his eight games in 2016. An Oakleigh Chargers product, Indovino has averaged just less than a goal per game in his time in the VFL.

64. Campbell Lane

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Position: Midfielder
Height:
 180cm
Weight: 76kg
D.O.B: 28/09/97 
Recruited From: Oakleigh U18/Old Xaverians

The story so far: A childhood Collingwood fan, Lane joined the VFL Magpies via the Oakleigh Chargers in 2016. The strong-bodied midfielder impressed enough to be offered a regular spot on the list in 2017.

66. Dale Hinkley

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Position: Defender
Height:
 189cm
Weight: 82kg
D.O.B: 23/09/95 
Recruited From: Birchep-Watchem

The story so far: Hinkley joined the VFL Magpies last season after playing most of his football previously in country Victoria. His brother Clayton played 22 games for Fremantle between 2008 and 2011.

68. Matthew La Fontaine

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Position: Defender
Height:
 180cm
Weight: 78kg
D.O.B: 27/07/98 
Recruited From: Frankston TCW/Dandenong U18


The story so far: A strong defender with clever skills, Smith joins the VFL Magpies in 2017 after playing 18 games for the TAC Cup's Dandenong Stingrays in 2016. Eligible to play as a 23rd man in 2017.

70. Josh Turner

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Position: Midfielder
Height:
 183cm
Weight: 82kg
D.O.B: 29/03/95 
Recruited From: Northern U18/Lower Plenty

The story so far: Turner has spent a large part of the last two years recovering from a harsh run of injury concerns. When at his best, Turner is a consistent onballer who played six VFL games in 2014.

72. Marcus Alessi (ROOKIE)

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Position: Forward
Height:
 183cm
Weight: 77kg
D.O.B: 06/10/97 
Recruited From: Doncaster

The story so far: Alessi made his Collingwood debut in round four last year against the Northern Blues. Impressed for Doncaster throughout the season and will look for more VFL opportunities in 2017.

74. Sean Fisher (rookie)

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Position: Forward
Height:
 195cm
Weight: 96kg
D.O.B: 09/04/96 
Recruited From: Edithvale/Aspendale

The story so far: Fisher is a key position prospect who has surprised the Magpies with his speed and endurance. He ran an impressive 2km time trial in the pre-season and plays with unique attributes for a tall forward.

76. Tom Cameron (rookie)

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Position: Wing/forward
Height:
 188cm
Weight: 74kg
D.O.B: 22/11/96 
Recruited From: Sandringham Dragons/Sandringham Zebras

The story so far: Cameron has spent time on a VFL list before, and adds speed and flair to Collingwood in 2017. Looking for more opportunities at the Magpies, and may find them after a strong pre-season.