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Nathan Buckley is one of the AFL’s most decorated players after having achieved great heights during his 280 game career. Buckley’s career started in 1993 at the Brisbane Bears where he emerged as one of the brightest prospects in the league after claiming the inaugural AFL Rising Star Award. Buckley then moved to Collinwood Football Club ahead of the 1994 season where he was soon to become one of the club’s greatest players.
During his 260 games for Collingwood, Buckley established one of the best football resumes in the game’s history. Buckley won the Copeland Trophy, Collingwood’s Best and Fairest Medal, six times whilst also earning All-Australian titles on seven occasions. In conjunction with Buckley’s incredible achievements, he was also appointed Captain of Collingwood between 1999-2007 (161 games) which saw him become Collingwood’s longest serving captain. During this time, Nathan captained his side to two AFL Grand Finals (2002, 2003) however, unfortunately fell short of a premiership cup. Despite his team’s loss, Buckley starred in both these games with leading disposals in each contest whilst winning the Norm Smith Medal in 2002.
Buckley retired at the end of the 2007 season after having played 15 seasons of AFL. His playing career was decorated with countless awards which were recognised in his induction to both Collingwood’s Team of the Century as well as the AFL’s Hall of Fame.
In the wake of his retirement, Buckley soon looked to pursue his coaching career and in 2010 became an assistant coach with Collingwood. After two years (2010-2011) as an assistant, Buckley was appointed Senior Coach of the club ahead of the 2012 season. In his time, Buckley has taken his team to two finals campaigns. Buckley will continue as Collingwood’s Head Coach until the 2019 season.