Adam Cooper

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Thomas: the ankle, not the contract, is the problem

Adam Cooper Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has played down suggestions Dale Thomas’s contract talks could be a distraction in 2013 given the midfielder is yet to recover from ankle surgery.

Football

Thomas talks no distraction: Buckley

Dale Thomas

Adam Cooper Collingwood coach plays down fears Dale Thomas' contract negotiations could be a repeat of last year's Travis Cloke saga.

AFL

Beams to take footy to a higher plain

Dayne Beams.

Adam Cooper Dayne Beams sensed a greater opposition interest in him over the second half of last year and might have tried to keep his head down, as much as a Collingwood best and fairest winner can.

Big guns hit track as the heat goes up

Jonathan Brown.

Adam Cooper Key forwards Jonathan Brown and Nick Riewoldt will play their first games of the pre-season on Saturday.

AFL

McGuire slams Dane Swan and The Footy Show

Eddie McGuire

Adam Cooper Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says he would like to fine Dane Swan $25,000, even though he has no problem with what his star midfielder said in a televised interview.

Brown rejuvenated and optimistic ahead of 2013 season

Veteran Brisbane Lions captain Jonathan Brown.

Adam Cooper Brisbane captain Jonathan Brown says he enters his first game of the pre-season as refreshed as he could ever be and rejuvenated by the Lions' encouraging showings last year and over the summer.

Brown's fresh approach

Jonathan Brown.

Adam Cooper Jonathan Brown says he enters his first game of the pre-season as refreshed as he could be.

AFL

Thomas takes care on contract

Dale Thomas

Adam Cooper Collingwood star content to delay contract talks until he regains his fitness and form.

AFL

Pies back under-siege pair

Nick Maxwell and Dale Thomas.

Adam Cooper Off-field dealings of Dane Swan and Dale Thomas not distracting Magpies' premiership bid.

Hawthorn v Collingwood

Hawthorn

Adam Cooper Welcome to our coverage of the round one clash between Hawthorn and Collingwood from the MCG.

AFL

Cloke contract dispute drags on

Travis Cloke

Adam Cooper and Sam Lienert Collingwood forward Travis Cloke admits his preference is to stay with the Magpies but says he doesn't feel any pressure to temper contract demands to suit the club.