Collingwood runner Alex Woodward says he is extremely thankful for the support shown by Magpies coach Nathan Buckley following an incident during Saturday’s Grand Final against West Coast.
Woodward appeared to block Pies forward Jaidyn Stephenson from getting to a pass delivered by teammate Taylor Adams, which allowed Eagles midfielder Elliot Yeo to intercept the ball and kick a crucial goal during the third quarter.
Buckley consoled the former Hawthorn midfielder who was visibly upset in the Magpies rooms after the game.
“I couldn’t speak more highly of Bucks and his character,” Woodward told SEN’s KB and The Doc.
“He just wrapped his arms around me and told me not to blame myself. I think I was just caught up a bit and for him to do that meant so much to me and my family.
“It was a great gesture.
“The support has been unbelievable from the footy club obviously, my family and my friends.
“After the game there was a bit of a spotlight put on it and I just felt pretty bad about it.”
The 25-year-old - who has suffered four knee reconstructions throughout his career - tied for third in this year's JJ Liston Medal count after an impressive season for Collingwood’s VFL side.
Listen to Alex Woodward’s chat on SEN’s KB and The Doc with Kevin Bartlett and Dr Turf in the player below