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.

Current Indigenous players

Daniel Wells

D.O.B: 3 February 1985
Recruited From: Peel Thunder, North Melbourne (2003 – 2016)
Collingwood debut: Round 5 2017 v Essendon
Jumper number: 3
Position: Midfielder
Player honours: NAB AFL Rising Star nominee 2003; International Rules Series 2003, 2008, 2013; North Melbourne 2nd best and fairest 2006 (equal); North Melbourne best and fairest 2011 (equal), 2013 (equal); All-Australian nominee 2011, 2013

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 v Brisbane
Jumper number: 18
Position: Midfielder
Player honours: Geelong pre-season premiership side 2009; Geelong premiership sides 2009, 2011; International Rules Series 2010.

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