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VFL Players 2018

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. Since joining the club as a 19-year-old, Borthwick has become a staple in the VFL Magpies midfield.

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 premiership player in the SANFL, injury kept Chippendale to just six games in 2017. Remarkably, he is yet to experience a win in Collingwood colours. 

51. 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: The AFL's loss is the VFL Magpies' gain. Hore was extremely unlucky not to find his way onto a senior list, after a dominant 2017 which concluded with a spot in the VFL Team of the Year.

53. Jack Hellier (captain)

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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. Played 13 games in 2017.

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 has since shut down many opposition key forwards.

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 is now considered a regular face for the VFL Magpies after three years on the list.

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 is an experienced key forward who has spent time at a number of highly respected state-league programs Australia-wide. 

61. Sean Hetherington

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Position: Midfielder
Height:
 178cm
Weight: 82kg
D.O.B: 06/11/94 
Recruited From: Calder Cannons / Williamstown / Rupertswood

The story so far: Hetherington is a quick midfielder capable of playing inside and outside, with an added ability to kick goals from the middle. His most recent VFL experience is with Williamstown (2013-2016)

63. Callan Wellings

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Position: Mid/Defender
Height:
 181cm
Weight: 76kg
D.O.B: 20/02/98 
Recruited From: GWV Rebels

The story so far: Wellings embarks on a senior football career after a stellar season with the GWV Rebels in the TAC Cup. He was among the best players on all but one occasion in 2017.

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 six games as a ruckman in 2017.

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 played five games in 2017, an increase on two appearances the year prior.

71. Nick Reeves-Smyth (rookie)

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Position: Forward
Height:
 190cm
Weight: 90kg
D.O.B: 04/07/97 
Recruited From: Old Ivanhoe

The story so far: Reeves-Symth is a highly-regarded Amateur player with Old Ivanhoe who will cut his teeth with the VFL Magpies in 2018. Strong overhead skills mean he can play either forward or back.

73. Anthony Zimmerman (rookie)

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Position: Utility
Height:
 177cm
Weight: 74kg
D.O.B: 21/12/98 
Recruited From: Old Brighton

The story so far: After a career spent predominantly as a forward, the VFL Magpies' are trialling Zimmerman as a defender in 2018. His dash and dare are seen as key attributes for a skilful half-back.

75. Michael Marotta (rookie)

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Position: Forward
Height:
 187cm
Weight: 83kg
D.O.B: 28/04/98 
Recruited From: Dalyston (West Gippsland FL)


The story so far: Marotta joins the club via the Dalyston Magpies in the West Gippsland Football League. The club views him as an exciting prospect who's strong in the air and can only improve further from here.

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: After three games in his debut season, Tardrew became a vital cog in the VFL Magpies midfield in 2017. He played 18 games, and quickly matured as the season wore on.

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: The football world was devestated when news broke that Woodward had once again ruptured his ACL in early 2017. He remains on the list in 2018, in what is the ultimate showing of resilience.

52. Elliot Le Grice

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Position: Defender
Height:
 195cm
Weight: 95kg
D.O.B: 07/08/95 
Recruited From: Sandringham (VFL)

The story so far: In Le Grice, Collingwood add a defender with 67 games of VFL experience. The key position back joined the leadership group at Sandy, and will be a valuable addition at the Holden Centre.

54. Andrew Gallucci

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Position: Forward
Height:
 178cm
Weight: 70kg
D.O.B: 28/01/94
Recruited From: Williamstown (VFL), Carlton (AFL)


The story so far: Gallucci went from VFL Team of the Year in 2015, to two years on Carlton's AFL list. He returns to the state league with x-factor ready to add to Collingwood's forward line.

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 spent his first year with the Magpies in 2017 after crossing from South Australia. He played eight games in his debut season in Black and White.

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 joined the VFL Magpies in 2017 after a successful TAC Cup career with the Sandringham Dragons. 

60. Nick Sing

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Position: Defender
Height:
 187cm
Weight: 90kg
D.O.B: 15/05/91 
Recruited From: Gippsland Power / Williamstown


The story so far: Sing joins the program as a player with VFL premiership experience. With 90 VFL games to his name, the former Seagul becomes the second most experienced player on the Collingwood list. 

62. Jack Roughsedge

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Position: Midfielder
Height:
 186cm
Weight: 88kg
D.O.B: 04/08/93 
Recruited From: Blackburn / Oakleigh Chargers


The story so far:  Roughsedge played in a premiership with Oakleigh. He returned at the club and was named captain in 2016 before a horrific leg injury which almost permanently ended his football career. 

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 play 14 games for the Pies in 2017.

66. Daniel Stanford

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Position: Utility
Height:
 191cm
Weight: 83kg
D.O.B: 26/02/98 
Recruited From: Blackburn / Oakleigh Chargers

The story so far:  Stanford is another Oakleigh Charger joining the Magpie ranks in 2018. The versatile tall has the capability to play at either end of the ground and uses the ball well for a key position player. 

68. Tom Cameron

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Position: Wing/forward
Height:
 189cm
Weight: 80kg
D.O.B: 02/07/97 
Recruited From: Sandringham Dragons/Sandringham Zebras

The story so far: Cameron has spent time on a VFL list before, and adds speed and flair when fully fit. Unfortunately, he will begin 2018 in rehab after pre-season shoulder surgery.

70. Sam Ralph

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Position: Midfielder
Height:
 195cm
Weight: 77kg
D.O.B: 07/04/98 
Recruited From: Old Xaverians

The story so far: The VFL Magpies expect big improvement from Sam Ralph as he spends his first year on a VFL list. He joins the side as a wingman with strong hands and impressive running ability.

72. Josh Hopkins (rookie)

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Position: Mid/forward
Height:
 185cm
Weight: 70kg
D.O.B: 28/08/96 
Recruited From: Leongatha FC

The story so far: Hopkins is a quick wingman eager to attack the ball and take the game on. He has previously spent time with Leongatha in the Gippsland Football League.

74. Tom Jok (rookie)

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Position: Wing
Height:
 193cm
Weight: 80kg
D.O.B: 01/01/97 
Recruited From: Dandenong U18/St Kevin's

The story so far: Jok is a strong athlete who spent time in the TAC Cup with the Dandenong Stingrays before becoming a St Kevin's Premiership player in 2017. Spent the pre-season recovering from injury.

76. Jack O'Sullivan (rookie)

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Position: Mid/forward
Height:
 175cm
Weight: 74kg
D.O.B: 25/02/98 
Recruited From: Coburg VFL / Romsey (Riddell District)

The story so far: O'Sullivan is a tough midfielder who has been a rising star in the Riddell District Football League. He impresses in his effort and contest work, and has a knack of getting the ball in the right spots.