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Retired champions nominated by AFLPA

Two of Collingwood’s retirees are among the 10 nominees for the AFL Players’ Association’s Madden Medal.

3:37pm  Oct 1, 2014

Player Review: No. 5 Nick Maxwell

Having handed over the captaincy to Scott Pendlebury during the pre-season, Nick Maxwell defied his critics by producing form reminiscent of his All-Australian season of 2009.

5:18pm  Sep 12, 2014

Teammates and stars pay tribute

Teammates, opponents and the wider sporting community have taken to social media to praise retiring Collingwood champion Nick Maxwell.

1:22pm  Jul 17, 2014

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Copeland: Maxwell's final speech

9:33pm  Oct 3, 2014

Season Highlight: Nick Maxwell

2:00pm  Sep 12, 2014

The Club: Maxy's farewell

9:05pm  Aug 6, 2014

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193 cm
93 kg
2019 AFL Fantasy Points

Player Bio

At A Glance

Junior Clubs: St Josephs (VCFL)/Geelong U18
Clubs: Collingwood (2004-2013)
Debut: Round 9 2004 v Adelaide
Recruited from: North Ballarat (VFL)
Brownlow Votes: 3

Maxwell is one of the success stories of the AFL's rookie list scheme. Knocked back by several clubs after graduating from the TAC Cup, Maxwell worked his way onto the Collingwood rookie list via the VFL and broke through for his debut in his second season. He hasn't looked back since, and is now one of the most respected players and leaders in the game. Displays unbelievable courage at half back, and regularly intercepts opposition entries into attack with his ability to read the play. Backs himself overhead and never allows an opponent an easy kick. Lifts another notch when the finals roll around, and was one of Collingwood's best in the two Grand Finals in 2010 when he led the club to its first premiership in 20 years. Has suffered several collision injuries due to his brave style of play, but Magpie fans would not have the man who led their team with distinction between 2009 and 2013 any other way.

Season By Season

Season By Season

Overcame a difficult start to the season that was marred by wrist surgery to play 19 games and lead his side into a finals series in his fifth season as club captain. Only had more than 20 possessions once (in the loss to Port Adelaide in round 14) but ranked first for blocks, second for knock ons, third for spoils, seventh for tackles and eighth for smothers. His desperation never wavered and he set a consistent standard for his teammates from centre half back. Became only the sixth Magpie to skipper the side in 100 games when he led the team out against Sydney in round 20.

Season By Season

The captain started his 2012 season in round three after rolling his ankle in the final practice match against St Kilda at Princes Park. Ended up having a solid season, eclipsed probably only by his All-Australian year in 2009, but let himself down with a two-game suspension for an off-the-ball incident with Paul Puopolo in the Qualifying Final against Hawthorn, which kept him out of the Semi- and Preliminary Finals. Came fifth in the Copeland Trophy and won the Gavin Brown Award for Desire Indicators.

Season By Season

Endured a wretched run with injury from the get-go. Damaged his kidneys when shirtfronted by West Coast’s Andrew Embley in the NAB Cup, broke his thumb in the round 21 win over St Kilda, and cracked his knuckle in the Grand Final. His form was mixed throughout the year as he struggled for continuity, although he lifted in the finals.

Was crowned Collingwood’s first premiership captain in 20-years as his club won its 15th flag. Had a superb finals series, averaging 18 disposals over the four finals.

One of the best afield in the drawn Grand Final against St Kilda, his day characterised by a desperate lunge on a near-certain Nick Riewoldt goal in the final quarter, and a superb mark at half back that resulted in Collingwood’s final goal of the day. Made headlines when he labelled the need for a replay a ‘joke’ in a post-match interview with Channel Seven’s Matthew Richardson. Had 20 disposals in the replay the following week. Tied for the Bob Rose Award as best player in the finals, and received his second Darren Millane Trophy as Best Clubman.

Appointed as captain during the pre-season, replacing the retiring Scott Burns. Enjoyed the most successful season of his career, as he was named at centre half back in the All-Australian team and ended the year as runner up in the Copeland Trophy.

Received the Bob Rose Award as the best player in the finals. Earned his first set of Brownlow votes (three) with a 29 disposal performance against West Coast in round nine.

Was the subject of much pre-season conjecture when he was initially suspended for four weeks for a front on bump against the Eagles in the NAB Cup, only to have it overturned on appeal. Led the Desire Indicators to win a third successive Gavin Brown Award.

An up and down season, a fate that was bestowed upon a number of senior players during a gradual changing of the guard. Inherited Nathan Buckley’s famous No. 5, switching from No. 27. Saved his best performance for the Elimination Final win over Adelaide, moving into the centre to blanket Crows match winner Scott Thompson and kicking two team lifting goals in the process. Was again honoured with the Gavin Brown Award for Leading Desire Indicators.

Was a key factor in the rise of the side from eighth to fourth, playing all 25 matches and featuring prominently in most. Developed a penchant for bobbing up with a much needed goal, and managed to kick four (out of seven) in a 93 point loss to Brisbane in round 17.

Was important in the finals, and laid nine tackles (98 for the season) in the Preliminary Final, including a memorable bone-rattler on Geelong’s Max Rooke.  Won his first Darren Millane Trophy as Best Clubman, and the Gavin Brown Award for Leading Desire Indicators.

Made a strong start to his third season in the senior side, winning 26 disposals in the round three thrashing of the Kangaroos. Unfortunately spent six weeks on the sidelines after stopping Brisbane strong man Jonathon Brown in his tracks in a fighting win over the Lions in round 10. Maxwell suffered a fractured leg in the collision, but returned to play in his first final (the elimination final loss to the Bulldogs).

Missed selection in the first fortnight but returned to the side in the round three win over Carlton and never looked back, stringing together 30 games in succession. He finished ninth in the Copeland Trophy.

Promoted to the senior list early in the season, and made his debut wearing the No. 43 jumper in a three point win over Adelaide. Made steady progress and impressed many at half back before a hamstring injury in the loss to Essendon in round 20 ended his season.

Was a member of Collingwood’s then-VFL affiliate Williamstown’s premiership team, playing at half back.

Played with North Ballarat in the VFL. Drafted to Collingwood with pick 15 in the AFL Rookie Draft. Trained with Geelong but was informed two days prior to the draft that the Cats would not select him.


By the numbers

  • 2019 Season Average
    Games Played
    • Kicks
    • Handballs
    • Disposals
    • Marks
    • Hit-Outs
    • Tackles
    • Goals
    • AFL Fantasy

2019 Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 0 - -
Handballs 0 - -
Disposals 0 - -
Marks 0 - -
Hit-outs 0 - -
Tackles 0 - -
Goals 0 - -
AFL Fantasy 0 - -

2019 Season Breakdown

Rd Opponent Result K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF
TOTAL W: 0 - L: 0

By the numbers

  • Career Average
    Games Played 208
    • Kicks 7.2
    • Handballs 6.4
    • Disposals 13.6
    • Marks 4.6
    • Hit-Outs 0.5
    • Tackles 2.8
    • Goals 0.1
    • AFL Fantasy 59.6

Career Highlights

Statistics Best Opponent Round
Kicks 18 West Coast Eagles Rd 9, 2009
Handballs 15 Western Bulldogs Rd 15, 2009
Disposals 29 West Coast Eagles Rd 9, 2009
Marks 12 Melbourne Rd 2, 2010
Hit-outs 6 Adelaide Crows Rd 9, 2012
Tackles 9 Geelong Cats PF, 2007
Goals 4 Brisbane Lions Rd 17, 2007
AFL Fantasy 121 West Coast Eagles Rd 9, 2009

Career Breakdown

Season Club K H D M HO FF FA T G B AF


Frees For
Frees Against
AFL Fantasy points



AFL: 198 games, 28 goals

VFL: 33 games, 5 goals

NAB Cup: 18 games, 1 goal


AFL Debut: Collingwood v Adelaide, Round 9 2004 at Telstra Dome

50 AFL Games: Collingwood v Richmond, Round 3 2007 at the MCG

Captaincy Debut: Collingwood v Essendon, Round 16 2007 at the MCG

100 AFL Games: Collingwood v St Kilda, Round 7 2009 at Etihad Stadium

50 Games as Captain: Collingwood v Western Bulldogs, Round 6 2011 at the MCG

150 AFL Games: Collingwood v Hawthorn, Round 15 2011 at the MCG

100 Games as Captain: Sydney v Collingwood, Round 20 2013 at ANZ Stadium

Draft History

Selected at No. 15 in the 2003 Rookie Draft

Elevated onto the senior list during the 2004 season


AFL Awards

Collingwood Premiership Side 

All-Australian Team 

Club Awards

R.T. Rush Trophy (Second in Best and Fairest)

Jack Regan Trophy (Fifth in Best and Fairest)

Darren Millane Memorial Trophy (Best Clubman)
2007, 2010, 2011

Gavin Brown Award (Leading Desire Indicators)
2007, 2008, 2009, 2012

Bob Rose Award (Best Player in Finals)
2009, 2010 (equal)