2023 AFL Season Preview
AFL7 Mar 2023

2023 Collingwood Magpies AFL Season Preview

Your 2023 Collingwood Magpies season preview is here, just in time for the start of the new AFL season! Everything you need to know about the Magpies is here, all in the one article – aren't you lucky. We’ve got information about squad changes, rankings and stats from last year, key matches to look for, as well as none other than ex-AFL star Heath Shaw’s opinion on how the Magpies will go this season.

Let’s get cracking shall we!

Recruitment Report

Let’s take a little look at the new signings for the Magpies, along with all the players they’ve parted ways with:

Ins: Ed Allan, Billy Frampton, Bobby Hill, Oleg Markov, Dan McStay, Tom Mitchell, Joe Richards, Jakob Ryan and Oscar Steene

Outs: Callum Brown, Tyler Brown, Isaac Chugg, Brodie Grundy, Ollie Henry, Jack Madgen, Liam McMahon, Caleb Poulter and Jordan Roughead

2022 Rankings

Where did the Magpies rank for disposals in the AFL last season? Or what about clangers? All the key rankings for the Magpies are below:

Kicks: 5th

Handballs: 5th

Disposals: 5th

Marks: 14th

Hit-outs: 4th

Frees For: 3rd

Frees Against: 6th

Goals: 5th

Behinds: 4th

2022 Stats

Who had the most goals for the Magpies? Who had the most marks? All these stats and more can be found below:

Most Disposals: Nick Daicos - 644

Most Tackles: Jack Crisp - 137

Most Clearances: Jack Crisp - 106

Most Marks: Jeremy Howe - 141

Most Goals: Brody Mihocek - 41

3 Key Matches To Watch

These are the key matches you can’t miss if you’re a Magpies fan (up to Round 15):

Match 1: Round 6, vs Bombers, at MCG (Tue, Apr 25, 3:20pm)

Match 2: Round 10, vs Blues, at MCG (Sun, May 21, 3:20pm)

Match 3: Round 13, vs Demons, at MCG (Mon, Jun 12, 3:20pm)

2023 AFL Season Expectations

Not sure who is the accountant at Collingwood but it’s a full-time gig managing the wages of players that you’re paying to play elsewhere, for example Grundy. A kick away from a Grand Final, which broke the hearts of so many Pies faithful. After a season which every part was an overachievement can’t the Pie army roll on?

Tactically targeting players for positions they need and off loaded more of their dead wood (Grundy), pardon the pun. Tougher draw this year and lots of close games last year putting some doubt on credentials, but they do look primed to be right in there come September.

Predicted Finish: Top 6-8