Collingwood mates Tim Broomhead and Brodie Grundy know how to keep their conversations private.
Collingwood is set to welcome back star defender Ben Reid for Saturday's crucial clash with Port Adelaide at the MCG, with two more key players likely to return to senior action during the next fortnight.
There’s a lot for which to be thankful this AFL season. A tight competition, close finishes, plenty of unpredictability. And, thankfully, an absence of a perpetual air of crisis.
Fans take time to change perceptions about players who have taken their game to another level – for better and worse.
Heath Shaw, known to friends as "Heater", is a natural born rogue. By Shaw's own account he's matured, but he managed to invite fresh controversy this year after he was overheard on television calling his opponent a "retard".
Rob Lowe, Mr Bean (aka Rowan Atkinson), The Rock (aka Dwayne Johnson), the Dalai Lama and Usain Bolt all have something in common - they've been guests of the Collingwood Football Club (or at least photographed with the Magpies' famous black and white stripes).
Collingwood have stayed competitive in 2017, their greatest losing margin just 23 points, but the bottom line remains a win-loss record of 5-7 and top eight chances fading fast.
High-flyer Jeremy Howe keeps on delivering top marks for all fans
Jeremy Howe's incredible grab is going to take some beating for the 2017 Mark Of The Year.
Collingwood says Herald Sun chief football writer Mark Robinson contacted Magpie Alex Fasolo directly for an interview about his depression despite the club asking him not to for medical reasons.
MELBOURNE 4.3 6.6 12.9 15.14 (104) COLLINGWOOD 3.2 10.5 12.8 15.10 (100)
From the moment Andrew Gaze was first down the slide into the giant ice bath, a theme was estabished: there would be no comfort zones at the MCG this Queen's Birthday.
The Demons are in the eight and ruckman Max Gawn is a chance to return next week.
It's the last game of round 12 as the Demons host the Magpies.
Melbourne legend David Neitz says the Demons must win Monday's Queen's Birthday blockbuster against the in-form Collingwood to take the "next step" in their development and drought-breaking finals push.
Callum Brown, the son of a former club champion, will attract plenty of headlines when he debuts for Collingwood on Monday but a forgotten defender will also be a talking point.
Emerging Collingwood midfielder Tom Phillips has emerged as yet another player whose contract talks have been held up by the lack of a new collective bargaining agreement.
Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury says he is thrilled to see Alex Fasolo back playing football, adding that the club doesn't expect the forward to instantly dominate or make up for the loss of Jamie Elliott.
Collingwood father-son pick Callum Brown will make his AFL debut on Monday against Melbourne in the annual Queen's Birthday clash.
Collingwood midfielder Taylor Adams would like to see more "honest and raw" commentary from AFL players.