Daisy touch and go for Round 1

Written By Unknown on Rabu, 16 Januari 2013 | 14.43

Dane Swan tries to find a way past Scott Pendlebury at Collingwood training. Picture: Nicole Garmston Source: Herald Sun

Coach Nathan Buckley watches Collingwood train at Gosh's paddock. Picture: Nicole Garmston Source: Herald Sun

COLLINGWOOD midfielder Dale Thomas is unlikely to play a major role in the Pies NAB Cup campaign as he recovers from ankle surgery.

The Pies star has removed the moonboot from his foot but is still limited in his training load.

Coach Nathan Buckley said the matchwinner would need more recovery time before joining in full training with the rest of the Pies squad.

"He's progressing fairly well, he's getting a lot of touch inside," Buckley said.

"He's been able to work specifically on his strength and he's definitely sick of the bike.

"We will get him out on the track in three weeks' time and gauge it from there."

Buckley was unsure if Thomas would be ready for the Pies' Round 1 date with North Melbourne on March 31.

"Round 1 is 10 weeks away, there's a lot of water to go under the bridge."

The Magpies' coach said he expected Nick Maxwell to be reappointed in the coming weeks as captain although he felt veteran onballer Luke Ball and former club champion Scott Pendlebury were also strong contenders for the role.

"Personally I've got no reason why 'Maxie' wouldn't be (captain),'' Buckley said.

"Our players will choose their own leadership group."

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And Buckley backed the club's decision to ask young defender Marley Williams to work with the Salvation Army for the next 10 weeks as punishment for an assault charge in WA.

"He'll start this evening. The guys send a van out, it's basically a soup van,'' Buckley said.

"It goes around and they spend time with the homeless throughout Melbourne city.

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"A lot of of our players have gone and done work there off their own bat from time to time.

"We just feel it's a good opportunity for Marley to see a different side of things and we'll be supporting him with our leaders attending each week as he goes through that community service which we think is appropriate.''

Williams joined the Magpies last year as a rookie and played six senior games and has been promoted to the senior list.

"Marley has got a solid character. He's not perfect,'' Buckley said.

"He's made a mistake. He's been very remorseful about it.''

- with AAP

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