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.
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.