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Maxwell wants Collingwood captaincy

By Kim Hagdorn
15 January 2013 12:33PM EST

COLLINGWOOD captain Nick Maxwell has given clearest indication yet that he would step down as Magpies on-field leader if it was in best interests of his famous club.

But the 2010 Pies premiership skipper is adamant he wants to stay captain for at least one more season and even next year if he wins a contract extension at the end of the 2013 title campaign.

Maxwell, 29, believes he is still the best skipper for the Magpies but concedes that any decision on the privileged position is in the hands of club management and senior coach Nathan Buckley.

If a move was made at Collingwood on their official captain it seems brilliant midfielder Scott Pendlebury would be a clear front-runner.

Maxwell revealed in a typically blunt interview on Melbourne radio he was unaware of any prospect that he could vacate the Pies captaincy.

“I haven’t been told otherwise,” the veteran backman said on sports specialists SEN.

“Look, as I have said all along at some stage I won’t be.

“Whether that’s this year or next year, if I’ve still got a contract next year given I end at the end of this year.

“It doesn’t bother me at all.

“I’ve got a job to do for the Collingwood Football Club, to the best of my ability and at some stage we’re going to have to put someone else in there and make sure that they’re ready to do the job.

“As long as my teammates and the club still want me to do it, I’ll still keep doing it to the best of my ability.”

Maxwell, who has been Pies captain for the past four years and has played 179 games overall with the black-and-whites, was asked pointedly if he wants to remain skipper and was again characteristically forthright on the issue.

“I do, yeah, this year,” he said.

Maxwell also disclosed that his end-of-season review with Buckley had been glowing at his contributions as a key player and leader.

“I feel that I still and according to the coach in all my views of last year, it was one of the best years that I’ve had as a player," Maxwell said.

“And I think that my leadership has been good as well.”

Maxwell disclosed that in his absence from the Pies annual training camp at Utah in the United States, prospective new official leaders emerged at the same time Buckley further strengthens his stamp as head coach after his inaugural season in 2012.

“I didn’t go to Utah,” Maxwell said.

“It was good to see Scottie Pendlebury and Luke Ball and those guys go across and have to really take the bull by the horns and really step up.

“All indications were that they did that and we’re also looking forward to a few other guys doing that as well.”

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