John Noble recounts how he had a reunion of sorts with primary schoolmate Brayden Maynard, who also attended Our Lady of Grace in Glengowrie, South Australia.
"It was funny, because we hadn't actually seen each other for such a long time. It was almost like a reunion after that long. We've spoken a few times about the good old days at OLOG and a couple of mates we both know and the people we still know. It's always a good laugh," Noble said.
Champion Data rates Brayden Maynard as elite in disposals, uncontested possessions, and metres gained so far in 2020, while he's also rated above average for contested possessions and intercept possessions.
"I do feel like I'm playing my best footy," Maynard says.
"I really narrow my game down to defence and how my opponent impacts the game. For example, the game against GWS. Toby Greene probably got best-on. I had a role on him, so to not get that done, I personally hate that."
Brayden Maynard reveals that he has five personal notebooks – one for each of his seasons at AFL level – which contain detailed handwritten notes on each of his opponents.
Maynard compiles up to two pages of intelligence on his opponents with notes from before and after each game.
"Everyone's different. Some players don't write anything down – they prefer to just memorise what they need to do – but I have to write things down in a notebook so I can go back and re-read it a couple of times before I play; and I can also go back and read it if I need to when we play that team again," Maynard said.
Tom Phillips and Brayden Maynard both sign two-year contract extensions which will keep them at the Magpies until the end of 2021 and 2022 respectively.
"It is clear that they already have important roles to play for us, but casting forward we hope that Tom and Brayden, and others of their age and experience, make their mark as leaders and as cornerstone players of the program," Collingwood list manager Ned Guy said.