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'I'd like to step away': Pendlebury hints he's open to trade

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23rd August, 2021
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Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury says he is open to offers from rival AFL clubs as he weighs up a one-year contract offer from the Magpies.

The 33-year-old midfielder has his sights set on a move into coaching once his playing days are over and would consider switching clubs if a deal included a coaching component.

“I do have ambitions to coach, I’ve said that, and I think I’ve said I’d like to step away from this football club and get some experience elsewhere,” Pendlebury said on Triple M.

“Ever since I was 17, all I’ve known is this football club.

“But I’ve been on record saying I really do want to be a one-club player.

“Hopefully we nut something out soon … but if they want to offer me future coaching gigs for a couple of years’ time, I’ll have a look at it.”

Such an agreement would be similar to the one that saw Hawthorn premiership hero Sam Mitchell finish his playing career at West Coast before joining the Eagles’ coaching staff under Adam Simpson.

Pendlebury has played 334 games for Collingwood in a decorated career that has seen him win five best-and-fairest awards and six All-Australian selections.

The 2010 premiership star has been club captain since taking over from Nick Maxwell in 2014.

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The Magpies are in a state of flux as they continue the search for a new senior coach after parting ways with Nathan Buckley in June.

The club’s board, led by president Mark Korda, is under pressure amid a looming challenge from aspiring president Jeff Browne.

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