Magpies skipper straight into pre-season

Collingwood training Day 1 Pre Season 8/11/2017 Collingwood Captain Scott Pendlebury shows new Assistant Coach Garry "Buddha" Hocking his injured finger after training Picture:Wayne Ludbey

Collingwood training Day 1 Pre Season 8/11/2017 Collingwood Captain Scott Pendlebury shows new Assistant Coach Garry "Buddha" Hocking his injured finger after training Picture:Wayne Ludbey

Collingwood skipper Scott Pendlebury has returned ahead of time to join his young Magpie teammates on the first day of pre-season after finishing 2017 early due to a broken finger.

The injury, suffered against Gold Coast in round 17, forced Pendlebury to have two operations and he was ruled out of the final six games of the season.

But the captain, who will represent Australia against Ireland in the International Rules Series this Sunday in Adelaide, began his preparation for next year alongside vice-captain Taylor Adams and midfielder Adam Treloar, as well as about 20 players on the list with between one year and four years' experience.

Pendlebury was instrumental in convincing ruck-forward Mason Cox to remain at the Magpies and the big American trained alongside the captain at the Lexus Centre on Wednesday.

Cox said the Magpies took heart from their round 23 win over Melbourne when several players were tried in different positions; Collingwood fielded the least experienced team for the round in terms of games played, with 1569 games experience between them.

"It just showed the diversity of our list ... with different guys in different positions and we still came up with the win," Cox said.

"That's proof with the guys coming through they have multiple positions they can play and we are not one-dimensional."

With Nathan Buckley reappointed as coach for the next two years and only Sydney Swans' rookie Sam Murray joining the list in the AFL trade period, it was a familiar-looking playing group beginning pre-season with a run up the famous Anderson Street hill on Melbourne's tan track.

The Magpies have made several significant off-field appointments, with Western Bulldogs' premiership player Matthew Boyd joining the coaching ranks alongside former Port Adelaide assistant and Geelong champion Garry Hocking and West Coast assistant Justin Longmuir.

The Magpies also appointed former player manager Ned Guy as list manager, supporting long-time recruiting manager Derek Hine, who will focus more on drafting with the club investing in pro-scouting, appointing Matthew Rendell and former opposition analyst Shane Joules to those roles.

Kevin White was elevated to head of conditioning after several years at the Magpies as a sports scientist replacing Bill Davoren in the role, while the club's premiership captain Nick Maxwell made a return as leadership and culture manager after several years consulting in leadership roles with Greater Western Sydney and Melbourne Storm post-retirement.

The club is not expected to appoint a new CEO until the new year, with Peter Murphy continuing as the interim CEO as the club implements recommendations from the review conducted in 2017.

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