MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25: Dane Swan of the Magpies celebrates a goal during the round six AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Essesdon Bombers at Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 25, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Each week we’re going to look at five past stars we’d love to bring back into the modern game amid the coronavirus crisis.

This week, we’re bringing back five players from Collingwood’s past as a gift to their footy-starved fans. We’re pretty sure coach Nathan Buckley wouldn’t mind these names slotting into the 22 either…

We’re not necessarily picking the five best players of years past, but rather those stars still in the memory of Collingwood fans and most likely to deliver some much needed excitement. Or for a variety of other reasons, like players with unfinished business, that fill team needs or would offer good marketing revenue during these tough times.

Any returning player comes back at the peak of their powers, so no arguments about a certain middle-aged former power forward’s ability to still kick it 70 metres plus.

And yes, we considered Buckley, but decided the logistics of phoning up to his box in between stints on the bench would be a little too taxing, even for Bucks.


1. Dane Swan

This one’s a no-brainer. Swanny would liven up the locker room and help fill plenty of newspaper columns – oh, and he’d probably be a handy fit in the Magpies’ star-studded midfield too.

While it’s fair to say Swan would give Nathan Buckley plenty of headaches – and not just selection ones – it’s clear the Brownlow medalist would be worth the effort. Swanny would have a selection headache of his own: deciding who would be worthy enough to occupy a revamped Rat Pack 2.0. Personally, our money’s on Brayden Maynard and Jordan De Goey.