Thursday, April 21 2016 @ 10:20 PM ACST
Contributed by: Troy Thompson
Last week Collingwood upgraded American Mason Cox to the senior list for the injured Matt Scharenberg. They then named him on an extended interchange bench for their match against Melbourne at the MCG last Sunday, but when the final 22 were named on Friday afternoon he did not make the cut. So it was another week in the VFL. He had 51 hit outs, kicked a goal, and had eight disposals and two marks.
The Collingwood AFL side had another bad week on the field losing to Melbourne, taking their record to one win and three losses and the pressure was on. Coach Nathan Buckley said post match there would be changes. Early in the week the media speculation started. Cox's name was mentioned in press conferences, on panel shows and on the back page of Melbourne's leading footy newspaper The Herald Sun.
When the 25-man team was named this evening Cox was again in there, this time named on the field, at full forward - replacing Jesse White who was dropped from the side.
Just like last week we will have to wait for final confirmation, and extra day (4pm Saturday) but barring any extraordinary events we expect Mason will be named in the final 22 and will be running out as the first American to play in the AFL for the mighty colossus that is the Collingwood Football Club on Monday. Not just any day but the biggest day in AFL football outside of the finals series, ANZAC Day.