MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 08: Mason Cox of the Magpies celebrates a goal during the 2018 AFL round 16 match between the Essendon Bombers and the Collingwood Magpies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 08, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

AFL games record holder Brent Harvey has said Mason Cox “understands the game now” after the 27-year-old’s game against Essendon on Sunday.

Speaking on SEN, the former North Melbourne champion highlighted how well Cox competes in the air, saying his aerial contest “gave the Collingwood smalls opportunities.”

“When he didn’t mark the ball, he didn’t want to get out marked”, Harvey said.

Cox has now played 40 games for Collingwood and is averaging a goal a game in 2018 and has surpassed Harvey’s expectations.

Harvey said the football world typecast Cox as a ruckman because of his height and that “his improvement has been unbelievable” after coming across from US college basketball in 2014.