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Didak backs current Magpies model

By Adam Cooper 26/07/2010 04:28:27 PM Comments (0)

Collingwood star Alan Didak hopes the next time he produces a celebratory shimmy it is in the last quarter of the AFL grand final.

So pleased was Didak with the goal he kicked after selling two dummies to Richmond defenders on Saturday, he started grooving, although he has now put the move on ice.

"I'll put it away for a bit," he said on Monday.

"I copped a little bit, but it's all fun. Hopefully in the last quarter in a grand final I can bring out a shimmy if we're up."

Didak is hopeful he can be dancing in two months, as he rates the ladder-leading Magpies of 2010 better skilled and brimming with bigger reserves of talent than the sides that were beaten by the Brisbane Lions in the grand finals of 2002 and 2003.

"In `02 and `03 there weren't too many stars," he said.

"I think we've got a few more stars in this team.

"Back then we really played for each other, we had a lot of players who would just give 100 per cent week in, week out.

"That's the same here (now) but I think we're a bit better skilled, a lot better prepared and (have) a lot more depth."

Didak, 27, has just re-signed for three more years with the Magpies and is aiming at playing out his career at the club.

Defender Ben Reid and midfielder Steele Sidebottom have both signed two-year deals.

Didak said he never considered leaving Collingwood, especially after being given another chance when, in 2008, he and teammate Heath Shaw lied to the club over the parts they played in a drink-driving incident.

"The previous press conference I did I was a bit sick in the guts, but I actually felt good about coming to this one," he said.

Reid was rewarded for the encouraging form he has shown since moving to defence this year after spending his early days in the forward line, where he had little impact.

"I just got an opportunity to come in and play down back," he said.

"Having confidence from the playing group and the coaches each week has really given me that confidence."

The form of Reid and other younger Magpies has created a deep well of talent at Collingwood which in turn has kept everyone under pressure not to ease off.

"It's a great thing for the club," Sidebottom said.

"There's pressure on everyone to perform every week and if you do slip up and have those off weeks, there's blokes knocking on the door in the VFL."

Collingwood will have key forward Travis Cloke available for Saturday's game against old foe Carlton at the MCG after serving a two-game suspension.

Shaw is expected to recover from a minor back complaint, while forward Paul Medhurst could also come into contention after playing well for the Magpies' VFL side on the weekend.

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