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Scott Pendlebury

Age: 31yr 7mth    Games: 299     Born: January 7, 1988     Origin: Gippsland Power
Height: 191cm     Weight: 91kg     Position: Midfield
Last Drafted: Round 1, Pick #5 2005 National Draft by Collingwood Magpies
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Scott Pendlebury Biography

Thursday, 25 April 2019
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley slams supporters who booed Anzac Medal winner Scott Pendlebury after a fiery end to a thrilling victory over Essendon.

The final siren of the hotly contested Anzac Day clash was met by a series of boos by Bomber fans after a host of contentious late umpiring decisions.

Those boos continued when Pendlebury went to accept his Anzac Medal, after another brilliant individual display that featured 38 disposals and six tackles.

"Shame on anyone that booed a champion," Buckley said to start off his speech on the ground while accepting the Anzac Day trophy.

Speaking after the match, the Collingwood coach continued to convey his disappointment.

"I hope that I would've been strong enough if an Essendon player had won the medal in that exact same moment and our Collingwood faithful had responded that way," Buckley said.

"I hope I would have been strong enough to say the same thing and I think I would have. I don't like it, but that's just my opinion."

Thursday, 21 March 2019
Scott Pendlebury reveals he played with a severe back injury for the bulk of the 2018 season.

"I was in a bit of strife most weeks last year. It is not a nice feeling when you come out after half-time and you can barely touch your knees," Pendlebury said on the Jock and Journo podcast.

"I couldn’t believe the difference when I started training again in the summer, just being able to bend over and pick up ground balls easily.

"Towards the back end of games I could feel everything in my body tighten up and brace, just because it was trying to protect itself. I programmed my body to get used to it."

Wednesday, 6 March 2019
According to official figures to be released by the AFL in its 2018 Annual Report, six AFL players earned more than $1 million in 2018.

Richmond's Dustin Martin, Fremantle's Nathan Fyfe, Sydney's Lance Franklin, Tom Lynch (Gold Coast in 2018), GWS' Jeremy Cameron and Western Bulldogs' Tom Boyd are believed to be the six.

West Coast's Nic Naitanui is likely to have earned more than $900,000, and Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury, while not earning as much as previous seasons, would also have been around this range.

Wednesday, 27 February 2019
Scott Pendlebury will captain Collingwood for a sixth season with Collingwood announcing an unchanged leadership group for 2019.

Pendlebury, the third longest serving Magpies skipper, will again be supported by Steele Sidebottom as vice-captain and fellow leaders Taylor Adams, Jeremy Howe and Lynden Dunn.

Thursday, 7 February 2019
Scott Pendlebury says he watched the 2018 Grand Final replay alone following Collingwood's loss to West Coast in the epic encounter.

"I just sat by myself, watched the game, paused it a few times and then that really helped me get over it and move on," he said.

"I just wanted to know what happened. It was a bit of a blur by the time the siren went at the end.

"I actually sat there, and as hard as it was, I thought that was a cracking Grand Final. I was really proud of the boys."

Saturday, 6 October 2018
Scott Pendlebury finishes 3rd in Collingwood's 2018 best and fairest behind joint winners Steele Sidebottom and Brodie Grundy.

Pendlebury's 10th top-three finish has pushed him past Magpies coach Nathan Buckley who sits on nine.

Thursday, 22 February 2018
A record nine players earned more than $1 million in 2017 as the rich got richer under the new collective bargaining agreement.

Lance Franklin is understood to have been one of the competition's highest-paid players last season, with Tom Boyd, Scott Pendlebury, Nathan Fyfe and then Gold Coast teammates Gary Ablett and Tom Lynch widely believed within industry circles to have also earned seven-figure salaries.

It is likely some of 2017's millionaires are on contracts wherein their average yearly salary is less than $1 million, but their deals were front- or back-ended last season to top seven figures. Sources identified Dayne Beams and Michael Hurley as players in this category.

Richmond captain Trent Cotchin and teammate Dion Prestia would also have been among the AFL's top earners in 2017.

Thursday, 25 January 2018
Scott Pendlebury will remain skipper of Collingwood for a fifth-straight season in 2018 with Steele Sidebottom again named alongside him as vice-captain.
Thursday, 23 November 2017
Scott Pendlebury undergoes surgery to remove the pins in his right middle finger in a planned follow-up to the injury he suffered in July this year.

The surgery to remove the pins was part of the star midfielder's recovery plan and no cause for alarm after Pendlebury posted a photo on social media in a hospital gown.

Monday, 17 July 2017
Scott Pendlebury's season is in major doubt with the Collingwood skipper to undergo surgery on a broken finger.

"I've broken my finger, up the top there, and I'll go in tonight and get surgery to get a pin in it and from there we'll see about the recovery and how long it takes," Pendlebury said.

Sunday, 2 July 2017
Scott Pendlebury credits his resilience and toughness for reaching the 250 game milestone.

"There's been a few games where I looked no chance to play early in the week, but I got up at the last minute; and at times I've played when I probably shouldn't have, but a lot of AFL players would say the same thing," Pendlebury said.

"You challenge yourself to see if you can still play your role."

Saturday, 24 June 2017
Chad Wingard has made his name with his breathtaking talent and incredible highlight reel, but it was his willingness to sacrifice his own game against Collingwood that pleased coach Ken Hinkley most.

Hinkley sent Wingard to Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury after a first half in which the Magpies champion racked up a match-high 20 disposals and threatened to haul them back into the contest.

"We put Wingard to Pendlebury in a run-with role – our most creative player of all – and he goes and puts some pressure on their captain, who was hurting us badly," Hinkley said.

"But Chad accepts a role and that's what this team is about at the moment. They're playing the role they need to."

Tuesday, 16 May 2017
Scott Pendlebury and his wife Alex celebrate the birth of a baby boy, Jax.
Tuesday, 2 May 2017
Geelong skipper Joel Selwood has laughed off his exchange of words with Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury as the siren went to end Sunday's game at the MCG.

Selwood joked that he needed to be smart enough next time to not stand alongside the best player on the ground when the siren went in a game the Cats had lost.

"He was the closest one to me so I was taking a little bit of frustration out on him," Selwood said.

Pendlebury said it was awkward when the siren blew right in the middle of their exchange.

"It was quite awkward because you are in the heat of the moment and then you are supposed to switch straight off and shake hands and have a laugh, but if you have a laugh you probably get crushed as well," Pendlebury said.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017
Scott Pendlebury has defended under-fire coach Nathan Buckley over the decision to bench him for an extended period in the loss to St Kilda.

"It wasn't coach-driven, or I wasn't dragged or anything," he told the Seven Network.

"It was actually … I just happened to start the third quarter on the bench and for one reason or another - the rotations - we just couldn't get someone off in the first seven or eight minutes.

"The play was on the outer wing, so I just couldn't get on and I did a 10-12 minute stint like I normally do, come off, and then it's just one of those things."

Darcy Moore has kicked just one goal in four games, prompting AFL commentator Tim Watson to question whether the Magpie has the "football brain" to find the ball.

Collingwood skipper Scott Pendlebury says Moore must learn to block out negative commentary.

"We're not expecting him to kick six goals to win us the game; it's a whole-22 mentality that's going to win us games," Pendlebury said.

"In general, I think the hysteria around his performance is unnecessary ... he's playing his role for the side.

"He's working hard and it will come for him."

Monday, 17 April 2017
Nathan Buckley's decision to bench skipper Scott Pendlebury during a crucial period of Collingwood's loss to St Kilda is lambasted by Geelong premiership captain Cameron Ling.

"Can I say if there wasn't an injury to Scott Pendlebury ... I can't believe that he's sat 14 minutes on the bench in the third quarter in a game that was there to be won," Ling told 3AW.

"That is unbelievable. The bloke's a star. Get him on the ground. You've got to have your captain and your superstar on the ground ... unless he is injured."

A frustrated Buckley said post-game that Pendlebury "probably wasn't as sharp" as he had been in previous games.

"We put a lot of emphasis on our leaders and we ask a lot of them," Buckley said.

"If you're going to be a leader in this caper, you've got to keep buttering up and backing up.

"Pendles, more often than not, he brings the right intent and energy. He was probably a little bit quieter tonight."

Thursday, 16 March 2017
Lance Franklin and Tom Boyd are widely believed to be among the competition's highest paid players.

Franklin was paid about $700,000 in each of his first two seasons at Sydney, but his salary is understood to have risen to at least seven figures in 2016.

Boyd crossed to the Bulldogs from Greater Western Sydney at the end of 2014 on a seven-year deal worth about $7 million.

The 2013 draft's No.1 pick earned about $140,000 under standardised second-year player wages and match payments in his first year at the Whitten Oval, but that amount spiked markedly in 2016.

Gary Ablett also earned at least $1 million in 2016, while Fremantle captain Nat Fyfe, Collingwood skipper Scott Pendlebury and West Coast ruckman Nic Naitanui were widely seen by industry sources as earning close to that mark.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017
Collingwood announces a three-man leadership group to front the Magpies in 2017.

Scott Pendlebury will captain the club for the fourth season in succession, with Steele Sidebottom and Taylor Adams as vice-captains.

Nathan Brown, now with St Kilda, and the retired Brett Macaffer were in last season's group, and the Magpies have chosen not to replace them.

Friday, 7 October 2016
Scott Pendlebury lays claim to being among the all-time Collingwood greats after winning his fourth consecutive Copeland Trophy as the Magpies' best and fairest.

Pendlebury earned 19 more votes than runner-up Adam Treloar while Steele Sidebottom finished third.

Wednesday, 6 April 2016
Scott Pendlebury has admitted he has been carrying sore ribs, but the injury will not keep him from taking the field against St Kilda at the MCG on Saturday.

The Collingwood skipper revealed that Richmond's players certainly made him earn his kicks in the Magpies' thrilling one-point victory last Friday night.

"The Richmond boys tested them (the ribs) out enough on the weekend; but if you're out there playing, you're 100 per cent and that's certainly the case with me," Pendlebury said.

Wednesday, 3 February 2016
Collingwood adds Taylor Adams and Brent Macaffer to its five-man leadership group.

The duo join skipper Scott Pendlebury along with Steele Sidebottom and Nathan Brown in the group.

Friday, 9 October 2015
Scott Pendlebury will end his illustrious career in the black and white after signing a new four-year contract extension with Collingwood.

"The direction the club is taking really excites me," Pendlebury said.

"We have a solid group of young players who have got a taste of senior footy and we have the right program and people in place to take this group to the next level.

"I'm proud to captain this club and want to be part of what the future holds."

Scott Pendlebury has joined elite company after winning his fourth Copeland Trophy as Collingwood's best and fairest at Crown Palladium.

Just two other Magpies, Len Thompson (five) and Nathan Buckley (six), have taken home the honour on more occasions.

The Magpies skipper polled 169 votes to street the competition, with fellow star midfielder Dane Swan (120) a distant runner-up.

Young midfielders Jack Crisp (113) and Taylor Adams (103) held down third and fourth-place finishes respectively.

Wednesday, 9 September 2015
Scott Pendlebury and Dane Swan will each have post-season surgery on their hip to ensure they are ready to start training when the Magpies resume in November.
Sunday, 24 May 2015
In his 200th match against the Suns, Scott Pendlebury racks up 35 disposals and three goals for the Magpies in the commanding 69-point win to be arguably best afield.

When asked about Pendlebury's career to date, Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said it's what people don't see that makes him special.

"It looks like everything's been plain sailing for Pendles, he's been robust, he backs up every week, but I think what that hides is he's been challenged, he's probably been vulnerable, he's had to reinvent himself," Buckley said.

"He's had to face self doubts, he's had to push the little man off his shoulder that's saying 'maybe not today, maybe I don't have to do these extras, maybe I can give this one per center a miss, the ice-bath or the diet or the sleep', but he's pushed through those.

"We all have them, but he's pushed through them."

Saturday, 2 May 2015
After a best-on-ground display against Carlton, Collingwood skipper Scott Pendlebury has assumed the mantle as the competition's best footballer, according to the Official AFL Player Ratings.

It was more than enough to see him leapfrog Gold Coast champion Ablett, who is still on the sidelines with a shoulder injury, and claim the No.1 ranking.

It is the first time in more than three years that Ablett has been dethroned.

Monday, 23 March 2015
Scott Pendlebury is ranked by his fellow players as the fifth best in the AFL.
Thursday, 12 February 2015
Scott Pendlebury will again captain the Magpies in 2015, supported by a streamlined leadership group that includes Travis Cloke, Steele Sidebottom, Nathan Brown and the newly promoted Tyson Goldsack.

Lachlan Keeffe and Clinton Young have stepped down as leaders this year.

"They're five very strong leaders, they're all premiership players and they all know what it takes to get there," Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said.

"We want to get back into finals and clearly that's the ambition of all these boys.

"When the players went through the selection process there was a fairly clear delineation between the top five and the rest.

"We feel that we've really developed our leadership over the last couple of years and the vindication of that is the strength of this leadership group, even with players like Luke Ball and Nick Maxwell moving on from the football club."

Tuesday, 16 December 2014
Ben Reid's injury problems have reared again with Collingwood confirming he has suffered a calf injury that will keep him out of training for at least a month.

"I spoke to him (Reid) yesterday after it happened and, like all of us, he's searching for answers and wondering why," Collingwood Scott Pendlebury said.

"The club will look at the best possible treatment for Reidy and hopefully we'll see him up and going after the Christmas break."

Saturday, 4 October 2014
Scott Pendlebury wins back-to-back Copeland Trophies, securing his third Magpies best and fairest award at the Crown Palladium.

The Magpies skipper polled 165 votes, to finish 51 ahead of runner-up Steele Sidebottom (114) and third-placed Dayne Beams (112).

Friday, 1 August 2014
Scott Pendlebury parts ways with manager Liam Pickering.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014
Four years after he was left concussed by a violent assault, Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury has backed teammate Marley Williams to resume playing after the defender was convicted of grievous bodily harm last week.

"We're fully supporting Marley as a football club," Pendlebury said.

"I think the media, you guys will be talking about it a fair bit. I feel like a broken record but we support Marls and we're just looking for a good week on the track up here."

Tuesday, 18 February 2014
Scott Pendlebury says he would support the idea of a night Grand Final after watching the NFL Super Bowl.

The 26-year-old recently travelled to the United States with Gold Coast captain Gary Ablett to attend the Super Bowl between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos.

"After seeing it, I spoke to 'Gaz' over there and said it would be pretty cool if we did this back in Australia," Pendlebury said.

"It created a great buzz and certainly something that opened my eyes over there is how well they did it, although they did mention the hardest tickets to get in the world are the AFL Grand Final tickets so our code's doing well."

Thursday, 30 January 2014
Former Collingwood skipper Nick Maxwell says a 12-month succession plan has allowed for a smooth transition for Scott Pendlebury's promotion to captain of the Magpies.

"I've enjoyed the last five years and it's something that has meant a lot to me … I've loved the responsibility," Maxwell said on Thursday.

"Scotty obviously has spent all five years as my deputy so he knows all about leadership, he knows the role, he knows what's required and I'm sure he's going to do a great job.

"To be there and help those guys with their development I thought was probably important, rather than stepping away completely."

Wednesday, 29 January 2014
Scott Pendlebury is named skipper of Collingwood for 2014, taking over from Nick Maxwell.

"His [Maxwell's] legacy, his standing among the players is as high as one can get," Pendlebury said about his former captain.

"We have always spoken about trying to get me ready for the role and I have always been trying to learn off 'Maxy,' so the beauty of it for me is I have still got Maxy here for me to bounce things off."

Friday, 27 December 2013
Gary Ablett and Scott Pendlebury joined the Australian cricket team at the MCG on Friday - as their drinks waiters.

Ablett and Pendlebury both worked with the Gatorade hydration team to prepare the drinks cart, with the dual Brownlow medallist getting the nod to take the drinks out to the players at a break on day two of the Boxing Day Test.

Ablett and Pendlebury's temporary career move was to celebrate Gatorade's new three-year partnership with the AFL. The global drinks company has supported Cricket Australia for more than seven years.

Saturday, 5 October 2013
Scott Pendlebury claims his second Copeland Trophy as Collingwood's best and fairest for 2013.

Pendlebury polled 192 votes ahead of three-time winner and runner-up Dane Swan (155), with 22-year-old Steele Sidebottom (133) .

"It's a great award to win and I'm humbled to win it, but I'm not here for individual awards. I want premierships. I don't want one, I want to be a multiple premiership player," Pendlebury said.

"My campaign for 2014 has already started. I can't wait to get back in to it on November 18 and start."

Friday, 31 May 2013
Collingwood vice-captain Scott Pendlebury says he is confident Heath Shaw can get back to his best after being dropped from the side due to failing skinfold results.

"'Shawry' acknowledges he has not met the elite standards we are desperate to maintain this season," Pendlebury wrote in his Herald Sun column.

"The level of discipline set by every club is going up every year and no small things can be overlooked if we are to achieve our ultimate goal.

"The skinfold issue is something, as Bucks (Nathan Buckley) said, that 'Shawry' is working hard on and I have no doubt he will get on top of it."

Thursday, 4 April 2013
On the eve of his 150th game against Carlton and former coach Mick Malthouse, Scott Pendlebury says Malthouse played a significant role in turning him into the footballer he is today.

"I got drafted as a wingman and I remember him coming out to the huddle at quarter time and saying to me, 'Your career won't last long on the wing. I want you on the ball.'" Pendlebury said about Malthouse.

"I credit him with the move on to the ball and I credit him with giving me the confidence to do what I am able to do."

Tuesday, 5 February 2013
Nick Maxwell will captain the Pies in 2013, with Scott Pendlebury as vice captain. Luke Ball and Dayne Beams will serve as deputy vice-captains.

"They're all fantastic positive examples about how to go about your footy, they're great teammates, they're great footballers and we're looking forward to their influence throughout the group," Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley said of the leadership group.

"These four guys lead the way for their teammates and they'll be expected to drive this playing group to great things this season.

"[They] were clearly seen as the guys that the group looked up to and wanted to follow."

Saturday, 6 October 2012
Dayne Beams has capped off a brilliant season to win his first Copeland Trophy as Collingwood's best and fairest.

Beams polled 205 votes ahead of Scott Pendlebury with 170 and Dane Swan with 147.

Beams paid tribute to former teammate Jon McCarthy who tragically passed away during an off-season trip to Las Vegas.

"I wanted to thank someone who's no longer with us. 'J-Mac', he was someone who I was friends with from the get-go," Beams told the crowd of over 1500 people at Crown Palladium, after being named as the winner.

"Then, as you probably all know, I endured some tough times with Johnny and there wasn't a day for five months where I didn't talk to Johnny.

"My heart goes out to his family and his friends. A lot of the boys here were close to him."

Friday, 17 August 2012
Young Magpie Paul Seedsman says a heart-to-heart with Scott Pendlebury turned his season around.

"He's one of the most professional at the club so I tried to take on board things he did and put it into my game," Seedsman said.

"I'm improved massively in recovery - that was one area I really locked down on and asked what he did, watched what he did and I've tried doing that myself.

"Since that break, there's been a real rise in terms of recovery, training standard and all that sort of things, and it's helped with performance and I've played the last four games now."

Monday, 18 June 2012
Collingwood midfielder Scott Pendlebury's stint on the sidelines with a cracked tibia is set to be extended by two weeks.
Tuesday, 5 June 2012
Injured Pie Scott Pendlebury is drifting in Brownlow Medal betting, with Jobe Watson set to assume favouritism.

"Pendlebury is still clearly the favourite, because ahead of his injury we had him polling in six or seven of the nine games he'd played in, so the way our guys were looking at it, he had a pretty good lead," Sportsbet's Adam Hamilton said.

"But if Jobe can pick up some serious votes in Pendlebury's absence, then he could take over as favourite."

Monday, 4 June 2012
Collingwood's tough run with injury continues, with Scott Pendlebury suffering a crack in his tibia.

"Scott Pendlebury had a scan this morning and that's revealed a slight crack to the top of his tibia," Collingwood football director Geoff Walsh said.

"He certainly won't play this week and we'll put him on crutches for three or four days so that reduces the weight-bearing issue."

Thursday, 29 March 2012
Scott Pendlebury signs a four-year contract extension with the Magpies citing family, friends and a desire to win more flags as the primary reasons for staying with the club.

"I want to play in premierships and I think I've got the best opportunity to do that at Collingwood," Pendlebury said.

"Then I suppose you look a bit deeper and all my family and friends are nearby so I can see them whenever I want as well, and I'm rapt to be a part of it all."

Friday, 23 March 2012
The writers at AFL Media nominate Scott Pendlebury as player most likely to win the 2012 Brownlow Medal.

Pendlebury scored the nod from five of the 15 writers, while no other player scored more than one vote.

Friday, 3 February 2012
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says the drive to be the Magpies' best player is behind Scott Pendlebury's decision to sign only a one-year contract extension.

"He believed he could be the best player at the footy club and Swanny had just won three best-and-fairests," Buckley said.

"It was pretty easy for the club to say, 'You're not the best player, so you can't be the highest paid because Swanny's done this, this and this'.

"I think Pendles in many ways was just challenging himself and backing himself to say, 'In 12 months' time I will be best player at the footy club and you can't put this cap on me in regards to Swanny being the highest paid'."

Wednesday, 23 November 2011
Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says midfielder Scott Pendlebury will finish his career in black and white despite rumours of overtures from GWS.

"Scott Pendlebury is the vice-captain of the Collingwood Football Club, he's a loyal Collingwood man, so I'm very confident that Scott will be a Collingwood man until the end of his career," McGuire said.

"Having said that, it is all fair in love and war and if Kev goes after our guys, I'll be returning it with interest. That's the way it is."

Friday, 18 November 2011
Scott Pendlebury's father, Bruce, says the brilliant Collingwood midfielder will stay at the club.

"Most definitely," he said when asked if his son would stay at the Magpies.

"He can't wait for Nathan Buckley to take over either, so it's a good move by the club."

Thursday, 17 November 2011
Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says he will 'go feral' if the Giants try to lure Scott Pendlebury away from the Magpies.

"If they go after Scott Pendlebury, I will declare war on Greater Western Sydney and I will set up a tent embassy outside their tumbleweed-blown ground up there in Greater Western Sydney," McGuire said on Triple M radio.

"I will steal every one of their good players for the rest of my life. I will go feral. I will make it my life's ambition to destroy them and run them into the ground. As long as they know ... this is not Melbourne where you can just walk in and steal the players."

Wednesday, 16 November 2011
Scott Pendlebury says he is prepared for a year of intense speculation with rumours that GWS are targeting him as he comes out of contract next year.

"It's something that if it goes that way, you've got to deal with it," he said.

"If it happens it happens, but I'm not going to let it distract me from my main goal, which is my football."

Tuesday, 15 November 2011
Scott Pendlebury says he can't wait to learn more from a player he used to idolise - former Saint and now Collingwood midfield coach Robert Harvey.

"I was really happy to get someone like 'Harvs' down. I've played against him and even in his twilight years he was a brilliant player," Pendlebury said.

"It's going to be a great opportunity for all us midfielders to seek him out and find out what made him tick and what he focused on, because to play at such a high standard like he did for so long has got to be a motivating factor for all us midfielders."

Sunday, 9 October 2011
Copeland Trophy winner Scott Pendlebury says he will continue look to new senior coach Nathan Buckley for guidance to improve his game.

When I see someone like Nathan Buckley walk into the football club, who's regarded as one of the greats of the game, I gravitated towards him," Pendlebury said.

"I just wanted him to improve my game any way he thought I could. After every game I went and found him and asked, 'What can I work on, what can I do better?'. He has helped me develop and it's going to be no different when he's coach."

Saturday, 8 October 2011
Scott Pendlebury has won his first Copeland Trophy, beating Dane Swan and Travis Cloke for Collingwood's highest individual honour.

"It's very humbling to win a Copeland. I've been bridesmaid a couple of times and it's really exciting, also just for my family and friends to know that all the hard work pays off," Pendlebury said.

"We play for premierships and that sort of thing but it's nice to grab something like this."

Monday, 26 September 2011
Scott Pendlebury reflects on his life-changing decision to quit a basketball scholarship program at the Australian Institute of Sport to play football.

"I really just had the mindset that it would be one year of footy and then I would probably be going back to basketball," he said.

"I didn't think I was going to get drafted or that I was good enough to get drafted But in terms of having the footy in my hands, it didn't feel too foreign. It was just another ball sport."

Friday, 20 May 2011
Collingwood's brilliant midfielder Scott Pendlebury confirms he will be a Magpie until the end of 2012.
Thursday, 10 March 2011
Scott Pendlebury will captain Collingwood in the 2011 NAB Cup grand final and has declared he would like to captain Collingwood in the future.

"Captaining Collingwood is something I want to do in the future and to get a small preview of it for the next few weeks is going to be exciting," he said.

Thursday, 10 February 2011
Greater Western Sydney coach Kevin Sheedy says he is confident the club can poach one of Collingwood's star midfielders.

"Pendlebury, Thomas and Swan are all superstars. I would be very surprised if Gubby Allan (football operations manager) could not get one of them. They are the type of player we are after," Sheedy said.

Wednesday, 9 February 2011
Collingwood captain Nick Maxwell is confident the club can fight off reported interest in Scott Pendlebury, Dale Thomas and Dane Swan from Greater Western Sydney.

"I think there's no doubt they (GWS) will be having a go. Gold Coast did as well, we expect that," Maxwell said.

"It's a challenge for us this year, but we're in a situation where we're very confident we will be able to hold on to them and keep them for a long time."

Saturday, 2 October 2010
Collingwood midfielder Scott Pendlebury has taken out the Norm Smith Medal for best afield in the grand final replay.

Pendlebury revealed that he was not up to his usual standards in the first drawn grand final against St Kilda due to a bout of gastro.

"I was one of the players that didn't perform last week and Mick and Nick Maxwell spoke about, you don't often get a chance a week later to play again," he admitted.

"I wanted to make amends for how I performed last week and play my role in a premiership side. I can say I've done that."

Sunday, 25 April 2010
Collingwood's Scott Pendlebury is the 2010 Anzac medallist after tallying a team-high 29 disposals for the Magpies in a convincing win over the Bombers.

However, Pendlebury says the medal should have gone to teammate Travis Cloke.

"I thought Clokey set us up early, especially the way he played and kicked goals," Pendlebury said.

"He kicked a few good goals too, and he set the tone for us, even with a few of his tackles in the forward 50 that allowed other guys to get goals as well."

Monday, 14 December 2009
Collingwood midfielder Scott Pendlebury trained with the team on Monday after being knocked unconscious in a weekend attack.

"It was good to put the weekend behind me, get back into the first session after returning from Arizona, and move forward," Pendlebury said.

"I felt good and I got through the whole session. Now I just want to focus on training up until Christmas, and then having a break, before getting back into it in 2010."

Sunday, 13 December 2009
Collingwood midfielder Scott Pendlebury is sent to a hospital after being assaulted in the early hours of Sunday morning in an incident in Lakes Entrance.

"Scott was out with his brother Kris and a few friends and was leaving the Lakes Entrance area when he was hit from behind at about 1.30am," a statement from the Magpies read.

"Scott hit the pavement in front of him and was unconscious. He was taken to a Bairnsdale hospital where tests have cleared him of major injuries. He sustained damage to his teeth and cuts to his face as a result of the incident."

The incident has prompted Collingwood president Eddie McGuire to label AFL footballers as easy prey for thugs after teammate Travis Cloke was similarly assaulted last year.

"We're going to bring it up with the AFL and the AFLPA. We're getting tired of our blokes getting targeted these days," McGuire said.

"There's obviously been trangressions in the past by footballers, but we are finding more and more that it's the other way around now."

Pendlebury's girlfriend Alex Davis was understandably distressed upon hearing the news.

"Kris rang me and told me not to be worried, but that someone had king-hit Scott and he was in hospital. I never, ever cry, but I just bawled my eyes out," she said.

"Kris said Scott had hit the pavement hard and it just made me feel sick. I've been told he's chipped his teeth and I'll just cry if I see his face and it's not the same."

Friday, 18 September 2009
Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse says Scott Pendlebury is likely to play against Geelong despite suffering a broken leg just two weeks ago, but all could change on Saturday.

"The simple fact is that a player who can play at 80 per cent for 100 per cent of the time, in finals football, is better than a player who can play at 100 per cent for 80 per cent of the time," Malthouse said.

"We don't want Scott playing at 80 per cent for 100 per cent of the time, we want him playing closer to 100 per cent, but he's got to be able to play 100 per cent of the time."

Thursday, 17 September 2009
Magpie midfielder Scott Pendlebury surprises by being picked for the team to face Geelong in a preliminary final only two weeks after suffering a fractured leg against St Kilda.
Monday, 7 September 2009
Scott Pendlebury has a plate inserted in an operation after cracking his fibula against St Kilda in hopes that he can be fit to resume later in the finals series.

"There's some chance we can get him back playing in a time frame a bit less than normal, so maybe two weeks or a bit beyond he will be able to play - hopefully," Collingwood football manager Geoff Walsh said.

"Our medical advice and the surgeon's advice is that we won't affect him long-term by doing that, which was obviously a major consideration."

Sunday, 6 September 2009
Scott Pendlebury is expected to miss next week's sudden death semi-final against in-form Adelaide after suffering what is believed to be a cracked fibula bone in Collingwood's loss to St Kilda in their qualifying final.

"We just didn't get the footy. Once we lost Pendlebury, there's good possessions. It doesn't matter how many he gets, they're good possessions,'' Magpies coach Mick Malthouse said.

Thursday, 2 July 2009
Collingwood midfielder Scott Pendlebury has been recalled for tonight's blockbuster against Essendon after missing just one match with a knee injury.

"We will not take chances against something that's not right, but if it is right, I can't see any reason why the player doesn't play," Collingwood coach Mick Malthouse said.

"How severe it looked and how severe it was are two different things.

"There's no question he sustained an injury but there's also no question that his resolve and his ability to work back two years ago . . . he broke a bone in his foot and was going to miss six but he missed two because he was able to carry it.

"He went well in the fitness test, so now it's up to the medical staff."

Collingwood coach Michael Malthouse says it is now up to the medical staff to decide if Scott Pendlebury will play after straining the medial ligament in his knee against Sydney two weeks ago.

"He went well with the fitness test, now it's up to the medical staff," Malthouse said after training on Thursday.

"We will not take chances... but if it is right I can't see any reason why the player doesn't play."

Tuesday, 30 June 2009
Paul Medhurst is confident he can hold his place in the Magpies' side for the clash with Essendon despite some returning stars.

Medhurst played his first senior game since Round 6 on Saturday when he was a late replacement for Leon Davis, who was suffering from a cold.

Davis is certain to return this Friday night, while Scott Pendlebury, who missed last week with a knee injury, is also in contention after training this morning.

"I was having a flash back to my days at Fremantle three years ago when they won nine in a row and I couldn't get back in the side," Medhurst said.

"But Leon's coming in and Scott's coming in, so someone's coming out."

Monday, 22 June 2009
Collingwood has received better-than-expected news, with Scott Pendlebury only likely to miss a week with a knee injury.

The emerging star strained the medial ligament in his knee against Sydney in the Magpies' 23-point win on Saturday night.

Pendlebury went down early in the match and did not return to the field, giving rise to fears the injury would keep him out for at least a month.

But the Pies were optimistic today, saying he could be back in two weeks.

"Pendlebury's been in this morning. Our docs and physios have checked him over. He's got a strained medial ligament. In a super-positive situation he could miss one week, but we think it's more likely to be in the realms of 2-3 games," football manager Geoff Walsh said.

"So, all in all it's a pretty good result given they always look nasty and you fear the worst with knee injuries."

Friday, 29 May 2009
Collingwood midfielder Scott Pendlebury says possessions are over-rated in the modern game.

"The way footy goes now it's a bit more of a keeping-off theme than what it used to be," Pendlebury said.

"In terms of disposals it's what you do with them. You can get a lot of easy football but if you hurt the opposition with your possessions, then they're the ones that count."

Thursday, 5 March 2009
Scott Pendlebury will captain Collingwood in tomorrow's NAB Cup semi-final against Essendon at Docklands.
Monday, 16 February 2009
Collingwood has signed emerging stars Dane Swan and Scott Pendlebury to new contracts, keeping them at the club until the end of 2011.
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