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Pendlebury steps down as Collingwood’s longest-serving skipper

Collingwood has announced Scott Pendlebury has stood down as men’s captain ahead of the 2023 season.

Key points:

  • Pendlebury captained the Magpies in a club record 206 matches
  • He replaced Nick Maxwell as skipper in 2014
  • Taylor Adams, Jeremy Howe and Darcy Moore are considered the favourites to replace Pendlebury

Pendlebury took on the role in 2014, replacing Magpies premiership skipper Nick Maxwell.

“To captain an AFL club is one of the greatest honours and it is not something I have ever taken for granted,” Pendlebury said in a club statement.

“It has been an absolute privilege to lead this side for as long as I have.

“At 34 years of age and in the twilight of my career, I felt that this is the optimal time to hand over the position and support the next captain of our club.

“I have experienced all the great football highs and lows throughout my nine-year tenure as captain and I look forward to seeing the next person take the opportunity and make it their own.”

Pendlebury captained the Magpies in 206 matches, which is a club record.

He skippered the Magpies in the 2018 grand final, which they lost to West Coast, and his leadership during his career was recognised when he was named AFLPA Best Captain in 2020 and 2022.

Pendlebury, who has played a Magpies record 358 matches, is contracted to the end of the next season.

The Magpies said they would soon begin the process of appointing their 48th men’s captain.

Taylor Adams, Jeremy Howe and Darcy Moore are among the candidates, having served as deputies to Pendlebury in the 2022 season.