Collingwood aren’t giving up on Darcy Moore playing on Friday night, and on last week’s evidence the AFL club would be wise to give him every possible minute to recover.
Hamstring tightness prevented Moore playing in the second half of the Magpies’ 19-point win over West Coast on Saturday afternoon.
But in 40 minutes of footy, he did enough to put Collingwood on top and snag a rising star nomination.
Moore, 20, kicked 3.2 and took five contested marks in a coming-of-age display that delighted coach Nathan Buckley.
“At various stages of a career you take those next leaps, the next jumps,” he said.
“(He played) 39 minutes and 41 seconds I think but it was significant.
“We’re looking forward to see where he can go and where we can go along with Darce.”
Moore said he was stoked with his effort, even if he was denied a crack at beating his career-best haul of five goals.
“I love playing footy and I love playing like that,” he said.
“Playing in a team that knocks off the Eagles is pretty cool as well.
“To drive home with a bandage on wasn’t ideal … but as they say, ‘that’s footy’.”
Buckley said training sessions would decide whether he could back it up against Richmond on Friday night, with plenty in the club’s hot VFL side putting their hands up for selection.
Tyson Goldsack and Brent Macaffer were named in the best in the reserves’ ninth-straight win, with Mason Cox kicking two goals.
Alex Fasolo is also keen to return after another missed match due to a shoulder complaint.
Buckley also said Scott Pendlebury wasn’t in danger of missing against Richmond despite being sent for precautionary scans on Monday.
The good vibrations might be flowing ahead of their clash with the rock-bottom Tigers but Buckley suggested there would be changes among backroom staff at the club in the off-season.
“We’re constantly reviewing and having conversations with all our staff,” he said.
“We’re looking to get better year on year and change is inevitable.”