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Aussie Rules: Maynard keen to captain Pies

Brayden Maynard says Collingwood is the only club for him and he has set his sights on captaining the Magpies sooner rather than later.

Collingwood are priced at 11/2 to finish in the top eight of the AFL in 2022 and Maynard has a key role to play in Craig McRae's side as they push for a return to finals.

Outside noise

At one point it looked as though Maynard's future may be elsewhere following rumours claimed he was considering a move away with just one year remaining on his contract.

However the 25-year-old says there was never any doubt over where he wanted to play and he put the rumours to bed by signing a deal to take him through until the end of 2025.

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"There was a lot of talk about me moving to different clubs, to Melbourne, there was that one rumour going around," he told AFL.com.au.

"I was never, ever leaving Collingwood, they gave me an opportunity to play AFL and live out my childhood dream, so I owe them a lot."

Eye on the captaincy

Maynard is one day hoping to captain the Pies and the role will be up for grabs in 2023 as current incumbent Scott Pendlebury is expected to step aside.

There are a host of contenders for the job including Taylor Adams, Jeremy Howe and Darcy Moore but Maynard is keen to throw his hat into the ring.

"It's always been my dream (to captain Collingwood)," Maynard added. "It'd be quite amazing. Is something that I love taking on board and it's not something I would take lightly."

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