‘It’s a really good story for us’: Pies to unleash mature-age recruit
COLLINGWOOD mature-age rookie Brody Mihocek will make his debut on Sunday against Fremantle.
After being drafted by the Pies in last year's rookie draft, the 25-year-old has been used at both ends in the VFL, but coach Nathan Buckley revealed that Mihocek will be used in attack.
"He'll play forward, he's played there the last couple of weeks and looked good," Buckley confirmed.
"He's been really good for us and it's exciting for him."
Hailing from Tasmania, the 25-year-old was drafted out of the VFL, where he ranked elite in disposals, contested possessions and score involvements for Port Melbourne last year.
In Port's thrilling Grand Final win last year, Mihocek had 20 touches and seven marks as a standout performer.
"Young Brody has played behind the ball and in front of the ball, through a long VFL career," Buckley said.
"I don't know exactly how many VFL games he played, but he might've been wondering whether he was ever going to get on a list, let alone get an opportunity to run out, it's a really good story for us.
"He's been first class since he's come in, very humble, unassuming and goes about his business really well and has been rewarded and we're really looking forward to him wearing the black and white stripes."
Mihocek's standout numbers in the VFL last year helped him catch the eye of the Collingwood recruiting staff, where he averaged 17.9 disposals and 7.4 marks.
The defender turned forward is coming off a 15 disposal, eight marks and two goal performance on the weekend against Footscray
Buckley was also noncommittal on whether 33-year-old Daniel Wells would return to the side, after being rested by the Magpies last week.
"He looks good," Buckley said of Wells.
"We'll see how he pulls up from training today, but he has had a couple of good solid sessions, and he's available."