Collingwood legend Tony Shaw has questioned why the Magpies have given coach Nathan Buckley a two-year extension, declaring it would have been more prudent to hand him a one-year deal.

After a difficult 2013 campaign, culminating in the departure of a handful of premiership stars, a rejigged list and a revamped culture, the Magpies last week announced Buckley would remain as coach until at least the end of 2016.

Buckley took the Magpies to a preliminary final in his first season as coach but the club was shocked when it was crunched by Port Adelaide in last year’s elimination final.

Shaw, the 1990 premiership skipper who will appear at the Magpies’ season launch on Tuesday as one of 10 former club captains, suggested Buckley was fortunate to have been given a two-year deal. 

‘‘This is about win-loss ratio and improving all the time. I probably would have given him another one-year extension and seen what happens after that. Two years, well, they [Magpies] have gone down that track,’’ he said.

‘‘I don’t have a big issue with it but I just thought: 'Give him another [one] year extension so he feels comfortable after this year as such'.

‘‘But good luck to him. He is going to live or die by what happens in the next couple of years. He has a bit of leeway but if it doesn’t work in the next couple of years and you don’t make the finals, you are under the pump like everybody would be.

‘‘You now want to see incremental improvement. You finished eighth last year, if this what they believe in, then top four, then win a preliminary final, then win a grand final – [then] you have got no worries.’’

Speaking on 3AW on Monday night, former Collingwood forward Brian Taylor also questioned why the Magpies opted to re-sign Buckley at this stage, while Essendon great Matthew Lloyd said Buckley would be under "extreme pressure" this year.

"Why would you re-sign someone when they are going behind in terms of results," Taylor said, pointing out the Magpies have won only one of four finals under Buckley. 

Magpies president Eddie McGuire has said the decision to award Buckley a two-year extension was to avoid conjecture about his future, while also helping to deliver the ‘‘secrets of success’’ – continuity and drive.

While McGuire says the club is now ‘‘a wonderfully vibrant and positive place’’, Shaw has on-field concerns heading into the new campaign, beginning against grand finalist Fremantle at Etihad Stadium on Friday night.

He has questioned whether frontline ruckman Brodie Grundy can deal with the added focus after an excellent start to his career late last year, whether there is enough blue-chip depth in terms of midfield talent behind Scott Pendlebury, Dane Swan and Dayne Beams. He also fears the pre-season plan of embracing more handballs than kicking to combat an opponent’s press could prove to be the Magpies’ undoing if adopted in the season proper.

In their NAB Challenge matches against Geelong and Richmond, the Magpies had more disposals by hand than foot. This did not happen once last season.

But after trailing Gold Coast by 41 points in their final practice match, the Magpies reverted to a longer-kicking style and won the game.

‘‘The one thing about handball is you have to play on where, if you keep kicking the ball and keep possession, like Hawthorn do and it looks like Melbourne is going down that track, at least you have control of the ball for seven or eight seconds to think about what you are doing,’’ Shaw said.

‘‘I don’t think it works. I think it will break down under a bit of pressure.’’

Dockers captain Matthew Pavlich declared on Monday his team would be ready to pressure the Magpies, having been alerted to their style change by coach Ross Lyon.

“Ross alluded to last week that Collingwood has tinkered with the way they play and that has some threats to us in how they move the ball and they have some fantastic players in their squad,’’ Pavlich said.

“But our strengths are obviously our pressure, our fierce tackling and our ability to win the ball from the opposition. So we hope to bring that alive on Friday night.’’

Magpies forward Jesse White, drafted to help ease the marking load on Travis Cloke, had the flu and missed training on Monday, while swingman Ben Reid only ran laps. They will need to prove their fitness at Wednesday’s main training session.

‘‘I think Jesse White has to stand up. The situation there with White and [fellow tall] Quinten Lynch will be a quandary for them,’’ Shaw said.

Dockers best and fairest Nat Fyfe and forward Hayden Ballantyne have corked thighs and will need to prove their fitness before the clash.

Former Melbourne forward Colin Sylvia, who the Dockers hope can help provide greater goal-scoring, is set to start the season in the WAFL as he recovers from injuries.

The Dockers lost twice to West Coast in the pre-season and did not impress against the Western Bulldogs. Pavlich said this was not an issue.

“We’ve had the majority of the guys who played in the finals series last year get through the majority of the work and play in the pre-season games,’’ he said.

* Collingwood are juggling injury concerns after key forward Jesse White and tall utility Ben Reid failed to train with the main group yesterday. Nathan Buckley will hold a news conference today as the Magpies prepare for Friday’s round-one clash with Fremantle at Etihad Stadium.The Magpies will stage a season launch at the Westpac Centre Tuesday night.