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Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Former Fremantle Docker Chris Mayne makes his mark at Collingwood

Chris Mayne’s reinvention has been one of the more unexpected stories of the season.
The acquisition of the former Docker — who is believed to be on $500,000 per season — was largely heralded as a failure in 2017, with Mayne only playing three matches.
But the 29-year-old worked hard in the off-season, refashioning himself as a winger to such success that he’s played every game since Round 6 this season.
Collingwood midfielder Taylor Adams has revealed his admiration for Mayne, telling RSN that he never faltered in his attitude throughout a tough initiation to the Melbourne football bubble.
“I used to think Chris was an aggressive, really tough, strong, tackling machine,” Adams said.
“He’s actually a vegan who bench presses 80kgs and doesn’t have a mean bone in his body, the perception outside is so different to what reality is for Chris.
“He was just so upbeat every day he came to the club. It was like nothing was happening and behind the scenes it was this whirlwind of abuse he was copping.
“You grow a really great amount of respect seeing someone deal with that and come out the other side.
“He’s a much respected and highly trusted person at our footy club now.”
Collingwood and Mayne will travel to Perth to play his old side Fremantle this weekend.
If the Magpies win and Brisbane knock off West Coast at the Gabba, Nathan Buckley’s side could claim second spot on the ladder.
Not only would that guarantee Collingwood a top-four berth, but also a home final at the MCG.
There’s an outside chance the home of footy could be called upon to host the first four finals, with Richmond, Collingwood, Melbourne and Hawthorn all in the box seat to land home finals.