Pendlebury’s manager Alex McDonald of Hemisphere confirmed that the five-time Copeland Trophy winner had been motivated to help the club and to keep the playing list together.
“Scott was happy to extend with the club, the list is in great shape and he understands the importance of keeping the group together while they push for their next premiership,” McDonald said.
The skipper’s signature is one piece of Collingwood’s delicate contract puzzle for 2020 with De Goey and Moore the most valuable of their players coming out of contract at the end of the season.
De Goey recently left his manager Ben Niall, prompting queries of what that meant for his plans for a new contract. He has yet to find a new manager.
“We’ve got our list in solid shape from a talent perspective and a strong sense of purpose – what we want to do and how we want to do it. I’m proud of our program and I was keen to remain involved with it,” Pendlebury said.
Collingwood list manager Ned Guy described Pendlebury’s value to the club as “immense”.
“His achievements speak for themselves but the influence of his professional dedication and constant search for improvement are so important to those around him,” Guy said.
“Very few can win six All-Australian blazers but everyone can learn something from a footballer who has played 20 or more matches in 12 of his 14 seasons and holds to the standard he does.
“It is very pleasing to know he will be with us for at least another two seasons.”
The 2010 premiership winner and Norm Smith medallist is set to break Tony Shaw’s Collingwood games record (313) in 2020. He is set to break Nathan Buckley’s record of matches as Collingwood captain (161) too.
Pendlebury is also closing in on Kevin Bartlett’s record of most matches played at the MCG (200).
With Brodie Grundy and Pendlebury’s futures at the club locked in, the Pies can turn their attention to De Goey and Moore.
De Goey was the subject of a multi-million offer from North Melbourne when he re-signed for the club in 2018. Moore has been courted by clubs in the past, including Sydney.
Both are crucial bookends to the Pies line up, particularly Moore, who was excellent across 17 games in 2019.
Michael Gleeson is an award-winning senior sports writer specialising in AFL and athletics.
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