Nick Maxwell – Retired Australian Rules Football Player
Nick Maxwell, born on June 3, 1983 is a former Australian Rules football player and captain of Collingwood Football club in AFL.
He was born in Geelong and moved to Wallington at the age of 10. He studied at Joseph’s College and played junior football for college. He played for Geelong Falcons in TAC Cup in 201.He played his first senior football with North Ballarat Football Club in VFL (VFL changed to AFL 16 years back). He played 208 senior matches, after making his debut in 2004 for magpies. He is renowned for his courage in the field and endured several injuries throughout his career.
Nick Maxwell was spotted by Collingwood. They selected him as rookie player in 2002. He played most of his games with VFL affiliate Williamstown Seagulls. After that, he played in an exhibition match in London against Fremantle. He gave an impressive performance, due to which Collingwood retained him in their rookie list. Maxwell was promoted to the senior list, when Tom Davidson was added to long term injury list. He debuted soon after in Round 9 against Adelaide, where he played 10 games for in the first season as hard-running defender. He was very tall and lean. Soon, he was selected in the senior list of next season.
Maxwell has a breakthrough in 2005, which made his presence more physical. He received a call to replace the out of form Ryan Lonie in round 3, after spending 2 weeks in grandstands. He made 6 goals for the season, especially at the times when needed to help momentum. Experts of the industry regarded him as a player who possesses outstanding dedication and maturity.
The year 2006 was a solid start season for Nick. He put his body on line in a contest, where he dived to get hardball. He got crunched by Jonathan Brown and broke his leg. He had to mix 6 weeks and came back to the side and played each and every game for the rest of year. He showed his reasons of cementing a spot in the successful side.
He was made AFLPA representative for Collingwood in the year 2007. He played 25 games with regular contribution towards his side. Maxwell was used as utility, where he played both ends of the ground with 8 goals. With a total of 98 tackles, he scored 3rd rank in Collingwood. His vigorous tackle in preliminary final against Geelong’s Max Rooke was a great moment in his career. He showed leadership skills through the season. He captained for Collingwood club for first time in Round 16 against Essendon in 29 point win.
Nick Maxwell was handed number 5 Guernsey in 2008 pre-season. He also became vice captain of the side and was one of the favourites to beat Scott Burns. In 2008, Collingwood football club appointed Maxwell as club captain.
In 2009, he was cited by AFL for a shirtfront on West Coast’s Patricks McGinnity, which caused great controversy. He was suspended in round 3 of AFL season for involving Steve Jonhson causing some media commentators to cast doubts on their choice as the captain of Collingwood club. He was later selected on the half back flank of 2009 All-Australian side.
In 2010, Nick Maxwell captained Collingwood to AFL premiership. It was the first since victory in 1990. The win came in a controversial style, where the Grand final ended up in draw.
Post football career
Nick Maxwell announced his retirement at a press conference at Westpac centre following results of an ankle injury.
Awards And Achievements
- Collingwood football club 2010 AFL premiers
- Captain of Collingwood football club
- Gavin Brown award
- Collingwood football club leading desire indicator
- All Australian team 2009