Scott Pendlebury will captain Collingwood for a sixth season in 2019, the club confirmed today.
The five-time Copeland Trophy winner, who succeeded Nick Maxwell as skipper in 2014, is currently the third longest serving captain in Collingwood history.
The Collingwood board ratified Pendlebury’s re-appointment at its meeting on February 13, along with the re-appointment of Steele Sidebottom as vice-captain. The Collingwood AFL leadership group for 2019 will consist of Pendlebury, Sidebottom, Taylor Adams, Jeremy Howe and Lynden Dunn.
The 31 year-old has the prospect of becoming only the third Collingwood player to reach the 300-game milestone and is set to move into outright third on the all-time Collingwood games record list.
Pendlebury has played 277 matches for the Magpies, which puts him behind only Tony Shaw (313 matches) and Gordon Coventry (306). He is currently equal third on the list with Wayne Richardson.
“It was an honour to captain Collingwood six years ago. It is still a great honour to captain Collingwood and will always be an honour,” Pendlebury said.
“Leadership isn’t an individual responsibility in team sport, though. It has to be a collective strength. A whole of squad mentality.
“Which is why we need not only Steele, ‘Tay’, ‘Howey’, ‘Dunny’ and myself taking charge but everyone who pulls on the jumper. If we have that underlying strength we won’t be an easy proposition for anyone.”