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Originally recruited from WAFL club East Fremantle, Lockyer will go down as one of the great success stories of the rookie list system.

He came onto the Magpies’ rookie list in 1998 and was elevated onto the senior list one year later before making his debut in the win over Fremantle in round eight, 1999.

Lockyer finished in the top five in the Copeland Trophy on four occasions (2000 - 2nd, 2001 - 5th, 2002 - 4th, 2007 - 3rd).

He was able to admirably overcome having large parts of 2003 and 2004 ruined by serious knee and foot injuries, and went onto play a remarkable 136 consecutive games from round 10, 2004, through to round four, 2010

Lockyer proved himself to be a consistent ball winner, who began as a neat back pocket player, progressed to become one of Mick Malthouse's first choice midfielders before ending his career as a reliable small forward.

He took over the coaching reigns of the VFL side from Gavin Brown at the end of the 2010 season, and although the team won only four games in 2011, it produced five new debutants and an AFL draftee (Tom Couch, who was rookie listed by Melbourne).

In 2012, his VFL team was affected by several long-term injuries to senior players but still managed to produce seven debutants.

Arguably the finest win of the season came in round 19 when Lockyer oversaw an emotional 13-point win over eventual finalists Bendigo that was memorable for the returns of Andrew Krakouer and Brent Macaffer from knee reconstructions.

Lockyer moved into the Midfield Development Coach role ahead of the 2013 season, while Dale Tapping shifted into Lockyer's old VFL coaching portfolio.

He then became the club's Academy Coach in 2017, overseeing the growth of the latest group of new arrivals in Magpieland.

Tarkyn Lockyer

Playing Career: Collingwood 1999-2010 (227 games, 149 goals).

Honours: 2nd in Best and Fairest (2000), 3rd in Best and Fairest (2007), deputy vice-captain (2008), Collingwood Grand Final side (2002).

Coaching Career: Collingwood VFL coach (2011-2012); Collingwood Midfield Development Coach (2013-2016); Collingwood Academy Coach (2017-2019).

Coached By: Tony Shaw (1998-1999), Mick Malthouse (2000-2010).

Coached With: Paul Licuria (2011), Mick Malthouse (2011), Mark Neeld (2011), Scott Watters (2011), Nathan Buckley (2011-2019), Matthew Lappin (2011-2014), Craig McRae (2011-2015), Anthony Rocca (2011-2019), Rodney Eade (2012-2014), Mitch Hahn (2012-2013), Ben Hart (2012-2016), Robert Harvey (2012-2019), Dale Tapping (2012-2016), Scott Burns (2014-2017), Steve Grace (2014-2016), Jared Rivers (2016-2019), Brenton Sanderson (2017-2019), Matthew Boyd (2018-2019), Justin Longmuir (2018-2019)