A proud Indigenous history

Seventeen Indigenous players have donned the black and white. Wally Lovett was the first, Leon Davis was the first to play 200 games for the Magpies and Sharrod Wellingham was the club’s first Indigenous Premiership player.

Others include Andrew Krakouer, Robbie Ahmat, Richard Cole, Chris Egan, Brad Dick, Shannon Cox, Anthony Corrie, Kirk Ugle, Peter Yagmoor, Tony Armstrong and Mitch McCarthy.

Collingwood’s current Indigenous players

We currently have three exciting Indigenous players at Collingwood:

Daniel Wells

D/O/B – 3 February 1985
Recruited From– Peel Thunder, North Melbourne (2003 – 2016)
Collingwood debut – Round 5 2017 – Collingwood v Essendon
Jumper number – 3
Position – Midfielder
CFC games – 10
CFC goals – 11

Career games – 257

Awards – 2011, 2013 All Australian Nominee, 2003, 2008, 2013 International Rules Series, Round 11, 2003 v Richmond AFL Rising Star Nomination, 2003 AFLPA Best First Year Player Award, 2004 AFL Goal of the Year, 2013 Archer-Hird Medal

The sublimely skilled former Peel Thunder star lived up to all the hype that accompanied him being the No. 2 selection in the 2002 National AFL Draft by playing 18 games, kicking 10 goals and averaging 12 disposals a game. Earned an AFL Rising Star nomination in what is almost certain to be the first of many impressive seasons. Wells played 243 games for North Melbourne from 2003 – 2016 before heading to Collingwood in 2017.

For more information see Daniel Wells’ profile

Travis Varcoe

D/O/B – 10 April 1988
Recruited from – Smithfield (SA/Central District SANFL), Geelong (2006- 2014)
Collingwood debut – Round 1 2015 – Collingwood v Brisbane
Jumper number – 18
Position – Midfielder
CFC games – 47 Games
CFC goals – 18 Goals

Career games – 205

Awards – 2009, 2011 Geelong Premiership Side, 2009 Geelong Pre-Season Premiers, 2010 International Rules

Understated yet ever-reliable, Travis Varcoe beat early season injury to once again be a valuable member of the injury. Geelong honoured him at the start of 2006 by giving him the No. 5 jumper, which had been out of commission since Gary Ablett Senior retired. Selected at No. 15 (by Geelong) in the 2005 National Draft. Hard-working young forward who impressed in his first serious tilt at senior level, playing 18 games. After 9 years at Geelong, Varcoe was traded to Collingwood for the 2015 season.

For more information see Travis Varcoe’s profile

Kayle Kirby

D/O/B – 26 October 1998
Recruited from – Bendigo U/18
Collingwood debut – Round 23 2017 – Collingwood v Melbourne
Jumper number – 27
Position – Forward
CFC games – 1
CFC goals – 0

Hailing from Swan Hill via Lake Boga, Kirby is an excitement machine who has drawn comparisons with Byron Pickett for the way he attacks the contest. Selected at No. 50 (by Collingwood) in the 2016 National Draft. He has a hint of the x-factor that Collingwood is looking to add to its forward line, and his pace across the ground means he will add to the side’s defensive pressure in attack. Importantly, Kirby had a taste of VFL experience late in 2016 when he played for Richmond. He didn’t waste his chance, either, kicking nine goals from two games.

For more information see Kayle Kirby’s profile.