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Magpie Jolly looking past 200 AFL games

By Melissa Woods 29/07/2011 05:00:59 PM Comments (0)

About to tick off his 200th AFL game, Collingwood ruckman Darren Jolly isn't ruling out adding another ton to that mark.

The 29-year-old has had a frustrating run up to the milestone game against Essendon at the MCG this Sunday.

He missed last round's win over Gold Coast with a bad case of flu while a knee injury forced him to miss seven matches mid-season.

But dismissing rumours he had suffered pneumonia, Jolly declared himself fit and ready to face the Bombers.

"Ideally it would have been nice to knock it (200 games) over in the first half of the season but injury and whatever played a part in that so I couldn't help that," he said.

"I feel really good and have trained really well and am ready to go."

Jolly said he expected Dale Thomas to also play on Sunday after he suffered a corked thigh last round.

"I asked him and he said he's ready to go."

Jolly started his career with Melbourne and then had five seasons and 118 games with the Swans, which included the 2005 premiership.

Joining Collingwood last season, he was an integral member of their championship team.

Jolly said he was contracted for a further two years after this season and at this stage he wanted to play on beyond that.

"Depending on how Bucks (Nathan Buckley) sees me at the end of those two, if he'll give me another one, I'd love to go one or two more after that."

When told that would mean 300 games were then in sight he laughed: "I'm just focused on playing 200 at the moment.

"Mick's (Malthouse) famous quote is `Don't count your games, make your games count'; I'll live by that I think."

Former teammate, retiring Western Bulldog Barry Hall said recently he felt like a Bulldog despite his premiership with Sydney and the fact he played more games there.

Jolly said it wasn't as clear cut for him.

"To be honest, I see myself as a Swans player and I had a lot of great memories up there, and I certainly see myself as a Collingwood player as well," he said.

"I love both clubs dearly."

The father of two girls was at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne as part of the Finnan's Gift fund-raising drive, started by Collingwood board member and former aerial ski champion Alisa Camplin - after the loss of her newborn son to a congenital heart disease.

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