MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 16: Chris Mayne of the Magpies celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2017 JLT Community Series match between the Collingwood Magpies and Essendon Bombers at Etihad Stadium on February 16, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 16: Chris Mayne of the Magpies celebrates after scoring a goal during the 2017 JLT Community Series match between the Collingwood Magpies and Essendon Bombers at Etihad Stadium on February 16, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images) Robert Cianflone

Mayne wants a fresh start with the Magpies

AFL: Chris Mayne hopes a fresh start at Collingwood will see him take his game to another level after growing stale at Fremantle.

The 28-year-old moved to Collingwood in October on a four-year-deal and Mayne said he was ready for the increased scrutiny that would come.

He said he thought he had four-to-six years of good football left and he was attracted to the Magpies because he felt he was joining something "special".

"I felt that I needed a fresh start," Mayne, who played 172 games for the Dockers in nine seasons, said.

"I felt like I became a bit a part of the furniture at Fremantle, I wanted to find another level of my football. Find that something else I can improve on.

"To be able to come and learn from the players that we have on our team and the coaching staff, I feel that ... my football can go upwards.

" ... I saw the list of Collingwood and I thought this could be something that's really powerful.

"I felt a little bit of being at Fremantle, that I felt like I could be used a lot better and be a part of something a lot more powerful in a way of a gun midfield, looking at being excited about playing amongst a forward group that's all coming back from injury and being able to use my experience amongst that group ... and just felt that for myself and my partner to probably find the love for footy again, that it was to come across and be a part of something special.

"I can't take anything away from Fremantle. They gave the opportunity to live my dream. I spent nine years at the club and paid my dues in a way. I felt like I'd given everything I possibly could give, to find something for myself and find another level hopefully I felt that I had to seek that opportunity elsewhere."

Mayne kicked just 18 goals in 22 games last year but said that wasn't the whole story.

"I felt like my form was always thereabouts," he said.

"From 2012, my pressure was always the same, my hunt, my want of the footy was all the same, the only thing that changed throughout the years was obviously impact on the scoreboard.

"There's obviously little things the outside don't see. I was (in) different roles at times. Going down back, playing different roles up forward. You've got to take that all into account really. What happens on game day is that you can only control what is expected of you."

He expects to play across half forward for Collingwood in a "high pressure, try and turn the ball over" role.

"If I get on the end of it, that's a reward for the hard work," Mayne said.

News Corp Australia


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