Pies stick with Pendlebury as captain

Scott Pendlebury will attempt to lead Collingwood into the finals for the first time since he took over as skipper in 2014 after being reappointed as captain for 2018.

The decision ends external speculation that it might be time for the Magpies star to hand over the mantle this season.

Reigning best and fairest winner Steele Sidebottom will be the solo vice-captain supporting Pendlebury, with Taylor Adams, Jeremy Howe and Lynden Dunn completing the five-man leadership group.

The Magpies opted to stick with Pendlebury for a fifth year following the decision to reappoint Nathan Buckley as coach after an extensive review of the football department by Geoff Walsh.

One of the results of that review was the appointment of premiership skipper Nick Maxwell as the club's leadership and culture manager.

Pendlebury has recovered from the finger injury that ended his 2017 season early and told the club website the Magpies are set to take the next step.

"As we mature as a group, more players are willing to drive the behaviours that we are about as a side. The football program places a lot of trust in the individual and it's up to us to display all the right behaviours and drive the standards behind closed doors to give us the best shot come match day," Pendlebury said.

Maxwell will play a key role in developing the club's next generation of leaders with Adam Treloar, Jamie Elliott, Brodie Grundy, Tom Langdon, Brayden Maynard and Darcy Moore elected to an official emerging leaders group to receive mentoring.

The Magpies have had a positive off-season with the interim CEO Peter Murphy bringing stability to the club after taking over from long-serving CEO Gary Pert.

They appointed former swimming chief Mark Anderson to the CEO's role in November, with Anderson expected to officially start in the job in March.

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