SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 23: Jesse White of the Magpies takes a mark during the round 22 AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the Collingwood Magpies at Spotless Stadium on August 23, 2014 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Matt King/Getty Images)

The Pies have been one of the better clubs over the last two decades. But that doesn’t mean they haven’t had their fair share of let downs.

From draft busts to underwhelming recruits, injury prone players and everything in between, sometimes it just doesn’t work out.

Here are Collingwood’s worst 22 of the last 15 years:



Back pocket: Ben Sinclair

Sinclair was one of Nathan Buckley’s favourites, and his pace was a real highlight. But injuries and an inability to lock down a role up forward or down back led to his downfall.

Full back: Jordan Russell

Russell arrived at Collingwood at the end of 2012 after struggling for opportunities at Carlton despite some solid years in 2009 and 2010. Unfortunately, his best footy was well and truly behind him at that stage, only managing nine games in his sole season in black and white.

Back pocket: Adam Oxley

Every Pies fan will remember Oxley’s outstanding Queen’s Birthday performance in 2015, where he racked up 30 disposals and clunked 15 marks. He showed great potential that season of becoming a quality half back, but went backwards the next two seasons before getting delisted.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – AUGUST 22: Adam Oxley of Collingwood is tackled during the round 19 VFL match between Collingwood and Richmond at Victoria Park on August 22, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Half back: Julian Rowe

Rowe was picked up by the Pies at the 2003 AFL draft and showed all the potential in the world, establishing himself as a regular in the side in 2005. He was dropped by the end of the season and after playing just two games in 2006, got delisted.

Centre half back: Danny Stanley

Stanley was taken with pick No. 21 at the 2005 AFL draft and the Pies generally maximise top 30 selections. Well, Stanley only ever played five games at the club before departing for the Suns in 2011.

Half back: Jackson Ramsay

Ramsay was the answer to the Pies’ lack of drivers off half back before Brayden Maynard and Jack Crisp were a thing. Injuries may well have been the biggest roadblock to the Western Australian’s career, plagued by shin and wrist issues before rupturing his ACL.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – APRIL 17: Jackson Ramsay of the Magpies runs with the ball during the round three AFL match between the Collingwood Magpies and the St Kilda Saints at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 17, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)


  1. Fair on the money except for Dick and particularly Rusling – both sublime talents whose careers were decimated by injury.

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