Collingwood skipper Scott Pendlebury could add another 100 games to his tally before he hangs up his boots according to his coach Nathan Buckley.
The champion midfielder will reach the 250 game milestone in Sunday’s huge clash with Hawthorn at the MCG.
In reaching that mark, Pendlebury will join Lou Richards and Peter Daicos as equal-11th on the Collingwood games record list.
But Buckley says with Pendlebury still at the peak of his powers, the 29-year-old could play on to 350 to equal Footscray great Doug Hawkins.
“It’s possible,” Buckley said of the mark.
“When your’e prepared to go to the lengths that he (Pendlebury) does in preparation you wouldn’t ever suggest that he’s not capable of anything that he puts up.
“We think it’s a bit of a gag at the moment but I reckon that somewhere in the back of his head at the moment, he’s thinking, ‘That’s what I’m going to do’ and he probably will.”
Buckley said he continued to be impressed by Pendlebury’s consistency and that in his fourth season as captain, his leadership continued to grow.
He felt he was a great role model for young players.
“His greatest strength is his understanding of himself, the game, the professionalism to keep finding a better way.
“He’s never satisfied with where he’s at and that’s a great example to our young players and also a fair reason why he’s been able to stay current in the game and be an elite performer for so long.
Meanwhile, Pendlebury returned the compliment with a glowing endorsement of Buckley’s coaching style.
Pendlebury said the entire Collingwood playing group wanted Buckley to coach next year.
“Absolutely I would. I’m really keen for him to stay on and he’s got the whole group behind him,” Pendlebury told radio station SEN.
“We’re doing a lot right we just haven’t got a few results and I’m a big fan of the way he coaches and I think for him to leave at the end of the year, he’d be leaving right as he’s got this group ready to make a real crack at it.”