AFL Rd 4 - Collingwood v GWS
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 10: Jordan De Goey of the Magpies looks dejected after losing the round four AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Greater Western Sydney Giants at Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 10, 2021 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Ahead of Collingwood's Annual General Meeting on December 15, where an open vote will decide who will replace outgoing board member and former president Mark Korda, candidate Matthew Ganley has provided his credentials and his opinion on matters.

The lawyer says that he believes the club handled the Jordan De Goey saga poorly, after his mid-season bye trip to Bali.

"I have a strong sense of justice and loyalty to our players and people and will ensure that nobody is left at the mercy of a media pile-on like we saw with one of our players post-Bali this year, where we could have done more to support our player," Ganley told Fox Footy.

"I will push back on calls for knee-jerk fines, suspensions and removals of contract offers until the end of the year just because the media demands it."

He also says he'll try to bolster the Pies list management, believing that the returns for the traded Brodie Grundy and Ollie Henry were 'underwhelming'.

Ganley further added that he would push to scrap home games at Marvel Stadium, renegotiating existing arrangements now that it is an AFL-owned stadium, and play home game solely at the MCG.

"With no endorsed candidate, an open election gives Collingwood members a unique opportunity to elect a board member who best embodies the values they want to see at CFC," he said.

"With the board already well represented in terms of a past player and strong business interests, I believe my strong governance skills acquired from my legal background gives me a strong point of difference to what we already have on the board."

Eligible members will have the opportunity to vote for their preferred candidate from November 18.

With no club-endorsed candidate, it's anyone's game.

Collingwood had previously endorsed music executive Dan Rosen, but he has since withdrew from the race.

The 11 nominees are: Dianne Kaminski, Theo George, Christopher Macdonald, Amanda Cameron, Sean Callanan, Kiriakos (Gary) Thomaidis, Constantine Frantzeskos, Matthew Ganley, Sal Perna, Paul Tuddenham, Daniel Taft.

Each of Macdonald, Cameron, Callanan and Perna spoke with Zero Hanger ahead of the club's most recent election in December 2021, with each candidate outlining their credentials and outline for the role.