Collingwood coach Craig McRae reveals the texts from players that made him break down in tears in his car

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By Andrew Prentice For Daily Mail Australia and Oliver Caffrey For Australian Associated Press

Published: 20:45 EDT, 2 April 2024 | Updated: 20:50 EDT, 2 April 2024

Collingwood coach Craig McRae has revealed a bid of texts from nan Magpies playing group near him successful tears successful his car arsenic they deed a immense early problem successful their quest to snare back-to-back AFL premierships.

Following nan disappointing conclusion astatine nan hands of St Kilda connected March 21, McRae was searching for answers pinch his squad sitting astatine 0-3 and being written disconnected arsenic a chance of winning this year's emblem by immoderate fans and experts. 

McRae messaged each of his players individually to make them alert he backed them 100 per cent - and nan corporate consequence was telling.


'Within astir 10, 15 minutes of texting everybody, everybody's texting maine backmost astatine nan aforesaid time, and nan level of unconditional emotion and support this group's sewage — man, location were immoderate tears successful nan car, I'll springiness you nan tip,' McRae told SEN Radio.

'It was nice, and I conscionable wanted to make nan players realise that winning is unit and result driven. 

Collingwood coach Craig McRae(pictured aft nan nonaccomplishment to St Kilda) has revealed a bid of texts from nan Magpies playing group proved they stay agreed - arsenic they look to get their play backmost connected track

After nan conclusion by nan Saints connected March 21, McRae (right) texted each subordinate to opportunity he backed them unconditionally - and was overwhelmed by their replies

Collingwood past responded by beating Brisbane astatine nan Gabba successful a expansive last replay past commencement to chalk up their first triumph of 2024 (Pies ruckman Mason Cox is pictured, middle)

'The processes of nan care, support, and each nan layers it takes to beryllium successful — they're each still there.

'Understand — and we'll get these small layers correct — but nether each adversity, things do commencement to tear, and we don't request to tear ourselves apart. The unconditional support is still location and existent strong.'

The playing group past hit Brisbane Lions past commencement astatine nan Gabba successful a expansive last replay to get their stuttering play backmost connected track.

Collingwood will now look erstwhile Magpies prima turned Hawk Jack Ginnivan (pictured) connected April 7 astatine Adelaide Oval arsenic portion of Gather Round

Attention now turns to Hawthorn connected April 7 astatine Adelaide Oval arsenic portion of Gather Round.

Former Collingwood young weapon Jack Ginnivan will beryllium a cardinal fig for nan Hawks - and nan guardant has opened up connected why he knew he had to move connected successful nan off-season - contempt winning a emblem past September.

It followed Ginnivan attending Moonee Valley racecourse nan nighttime earlier nan Grand Final astatine nan MCG.

'Me and my mate went location [track] astatine 6.30 (pm) and sewage location astatine 9.30 (pm), it wasn't really that large of a deal,' nan 21-year-old told nan Tommy Talks podcast.

'I don't deliberation it's a correction from my behalf, but astir apt conscionable really group perceived it.

'Nothing really came of it until 'Fly's' [McRae] property convention [after nan Grand Final] - wherever he told Ginnivan to 'read nan room'....and my exit meeting, that was benignant of erstwhile I knew I astir apt should leave.

'That was a spot eye-opening, that exit meeting.'

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