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Nick Maxwell
Personal information
Birth 3 June 1983 (1983-06-03) (age 26)Victoria
Recruited from Geelong Falcons / North Ballarat
Playing career¹
Debut Round 9, 21 May 2004, Collingwood vs. Adelaide, at Telstra Dome
Team(s) Collingwood (2004-)

118 Games, 26 Goals

¹ Statistics to end of 2009 season
Career highlights
* All-Australian 2009

Nick Maxwell (born 3 June 1983) is an Australian rules footballer in the Australian Football League. Maxwell is the current captain of the Collingwood Football Club.

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Early life

Nick Maxwell grew up in Geelong. He was educated at St Joseph's College where he played his junior football.

In 2001, Maxwell represented Geelong as an under 18.

His first senior football was played with the North Ballarat Football Club in the Victorian Football League.

AFL career

Maxwell was spotted by AFL club Collingwood who selected him as a rookie player in 2002.

In his first year at the club he played most of his games with VFL affiliate Williamstown Seagulls. Late the following year, he played in an off-season exhibition match in London against Fremantle, in which he performed impressively. Collingwood retained Maxwell on their rookie list. When Tom Davidson was added to the long term injury list, the club promoted Maxwell to the senior list. His debut came soon after in Round 9 against Adelaide and proved enough, playing 10 games in his first season as a hard-running defender. His size however was still tall and very lean. His promotion was then lifted as he was elevated onto the senior list for the next season.

In 2005, Maxwell had a breakthrough once again. His presence was more physical and he showed he could be a top class defender and his skills were improving. After spending two weeks in the grandstands he received the call up to replace the out of form Ryan Lonie in round three, and did not miss another match. Arguably his best matches were against Sydney at Telstra Stadium, and at the Gabba against the Brisbane Lions. He kicked six goals for the season, at times when they were needed late in a quarter to help momentum. At 22 he was regarded by many as a player possessing outstanding maturity and dedication onfield.

Maxwell would have a solid start to the season in 2006, putting his small frame into every contest, and play his intimidating style of football. In Round 10 he would put his body on the line in a contest where he dived in to receive a hard ball get, getting crunched by Jonathan Brown of the Brisbane Lions, and would break his leg. He would miss the next 6 weeks with the broken leg, but would come back to the side and play every game for the rest of the year, showing his reasons of cementing a spot in the soon to be successful side.

Maxwell took another step in season 2007 with his transformation into a player regarded by his peers as one of the most courageous footballers in the AFL. He became AFLPA representative for Collingwood. He played all 25 games, including three finals and was a regular contributor to the side. Coach Mick Malthouse used Maxwell as a utility, with an ability to play both ends of the ground and kicking eight goals. His total of 98 tackles, third highest at Collingwood, with many of them bone crunching and team lifting. An example was his vigorous tackle in the Preliminary Final against Geelong's Max Rooke. Maxwell's leadership at Collingwood was shown throughout the season. He captained the club for the first time in Round 16 against Essendon in a 29 point win.

In the 2008 pre-season, Maxwell would be handed the famous number five guernsey, worn by retired champion Nathan Buckley. He also became the official vice-captain of the side and was one of the favourites to beat Scott Burns for the captaincy role left vacant by Buckley. During 2008, Maxwell made increasing appearances in the community.

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Captaincy

On 17 December 2008 Collingwood Football Club announced the appointment of Maxwell as the club captain.

In the 2009 NAB Cup, Maxwell was controversially cited by the AFL tribunal for a shirtfront on West Coast's Patrick McGinnity which broke McGinnity's jaw.[1] The incident caused significant controversy. Collingwood launched a successful appeal, the only one in the history of the AFL tribunal and the decision was completely reversed.[2]

Maxwell's growing reputation for rough play continued and he was suspended in Round 3 of the AFL season for an incident involving Steve Johnson of the Geelong Cats, causing some media commentators to cast doubts on his choice as club captain.[3]

Maxwell was selected in the 2009 All-Australian side on the half back flank.

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