Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury has signed a new two-year deal that will extend his glittering career into an 18th AFL season.
Most important points:
- Pendlebury’s new contract runs through the end of the 2023 season
- He has played 334 senior games since his 2006 debut
- Pendlebury was appointed captain of Magpies in 2014
Pendlebury will remain at the club until the end of 2023, dispelling any speculation that he could be on the move.
The 33-year-old raised the possibility of a later career switch during an August radio interview, but later clarified the comments and said he was determined to stay with Collingwood.
His contract extension is another boost for the Magpies following Craig McRae’s appointment as coach to replace Nathan Buckley.
“I am pleased to have made an arrangement with the club to share in what feels like a new era,” Pendlebury said in a statement.
“Being a one-club player was one thing, something I’m proud of, but my main motivation is to do everything I can to help Fly (McRae) and the new coaching group develop the squad.
“If you’re not in the fight, you have to work towards it. That’s exciting.”
Collingwood football manager Graham Wright said Pendlebury would continue to be invaluable to the Magpies’ younger players.
“One day Fin Macrae or Tyler Brown or Reef McInnes will be able to look back and appreciate that they learned from one of the best of all time in Scott in their earliest years,” Wright said.
“His achievements speak for themselves, but his dedication to his craft and ability to inspire the wider group is a fantastic asset to our club.”
Pendlebury has played 334 games for Collingwood since his 2006 debut, including 183 as captain.
Pendlebury, Norm Smith’s medalist in the 2010 Magpies replay win, has claimed five Copeland trophies as the club’s best and fairest.
He has been captain of the Magpies since 2014.
Meanwhile, Collingwood has added recently retired Melbourne defender Neville Jetta to his coaching staff.
Jetta, 31, will work as a development coach and also play for Magpies’ VFL team.