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Magpies wary of threat posed by Lance Franklin, says Nick Maxwell

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Former Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell has played down speculation his spot in the senior side is under threat, but admits that criticism is an inevitable byproduct of the game.

Speaking to the media ahead of his 200th game this weekend, Maxwell suggested that the split round one may have contributed to the added noise surrounding his position in the team.

"All round one was just crazy with some of the commentary coming out of it, so much of it was just way over-the-top, not just for individuals, but for teams," Maxwell said.

Franklin struggled in the season opener against Greater Western Sydney.

Franklin struggled in the season opener against Greater Western Sydney. Photo: Anthony Johnson

"I think now that there's more to talk about they'll stop, take a breather and they'll actually take a few notes before they start mouthing off.

"Look, I think now the industry we're in, there's so many footy shows, there's so much air time that has to be filled with AFL footy that they've got to be saying something all the time.

"At times they go back, and think 'oh geez what was I saying, what was I thinking?' I've had a few commentators over my time come up and say, 'oh sorry mate, I'm sorry, I don't know what I was thinking."

Nick Maxwell.

Nick Maxwell. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo

"I think everyone makes mistakes, but at the same time you have to perform, it's a big industry and you have to perform. There's a lot of money involved and at the same time we've got sponsors and supporters who pay their money and expect us to perform, and when we don't there's got to be people who come under the microscope."

Maxwell said the Magpies had been stewing for a fortnight after the thumping round one defeat to Fremantle and were keen to make amends on Saturday night at ANZ Stadium against Sydney.

"It's felt like a lifetime since the Fremantle game, but look it's probably felt the same for Sydney."

But Collingwood is not underestimating the threat posed by the Swans.

"We know how good they are and particularly contested footy and clearances around the ball, and how dangerous they are up forward," he said.

High-priced Sydney recruit Lance Franklin may have struggled in the season opener against Greater Western Sydney, but he has long favoured playing against the Magpies, having kicked more goals against Collingwood than any other opponent during his nine years at Hawthorn.

Maxwell is accutely aware of Franklin's ability,and that of fellow Swans key forward Sam Reid.

"If you don't get on top of him he'll tear you apart, and he also doesn't need a lot of possessions to tear you apart," Maxwell said.

"Running sideways and kicking goals from 60 metres, that's when you scratch your head as a defender and go 'what else can I do?' So we know he has had a good record against us, but we know it's only one game away from us turning that around as well."

The medium-sized defender flagged that Nathan Brown and Jack Frost were the likely opponents for Franklin, commending both players for their showings against a heavy tide in the Dockers shellacking.

Maxwell believes 200 will be his last major games milestone, and is proud of his effort to last for so long in an gruelling profession.

"It shows that you've been a good clubman and that you've played a role that they've asked you to play for a long period of time, the way that players have to go about it these days."

"It's a 24/7 job, I know how hard it is on all of the guys mentally and physically. We've seen that this week with Dayle Garlett walking away from the game."

5 comments so far

  • Well done, skipper. Plenty have laughed you off, but the malicious haven't been able to take away your fundamental decency as a person and as a club man, and nor will it ever be able to strip away the premiership medallion from a victory that was led by you. Congratulations on the milestone.

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    Days to Come
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    Here and There
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    March 27, 2014, 3:48PM
    • Worried about Buddy but Buckley persists with playing his Midget brigade against Men. This is a rekindling of the Footscray days under Rocket Eade where the team were forced to play competitively against Giants. Watch Cloke struggle against multiple big defenders and have little impact in the game again. This is why we had an early exit from last years final, and why Heath Shaw spat the dummy while playing on Westoff. Buckley has now reinforced the principle that great players do not make great coaches. Unfortunately the Swans by 50 points.

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      Paul B
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      Brisbane
      Date and time
      March 27, 2014, 6:59PM
      • I agree with Days to Come. Go for it, Nick. We're with ya!

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        George313
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        March 27, 2014, 10:28PM
        • Well said Days to Come. Sure, Maxy is not the most gifted player going around but a far better player and more importantly a better bloke then the keyboard parasites out there who continue to pot him.
          Congrats on 200 Nick

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          Dave
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          FTG
          Date and time
          March 28, 2014, 7:51AM
          • Pies are are a very good chance to be 1 win 6 losses by the Bye, with bearting North there only win!

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            Afl Fan
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            Around Town
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            March 28, 2014, 12:08PM

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