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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Ruthven

"Team success is paramount": Peter Daicos

Collingwood Legend Peter Daicos says there’s still room for Collingwood to improve after overcoming a rough start for the season. 


After starting the season with three losses, the reigning premiers have found their groove again, and have not lost a game since round two. 


Daicos told SportFM the Magpies are starting to take it up a notch and are tracking well for finals this year.


“It was a slow start and in an ideal world you'd love to be playing your best football… but maintaining it is always a problem,” he said.


“Every team hits a bump here and there, and my formula for the year is one, possibly at times two losses a month will get you easily a place in the finals makeup. They lost the first three and they've been able to square the ledger. 


“They're tracking okay at the moment they're still not playing their best football which is yet to come which is nice in a way. 


“They're starting to definitely take it up a notch and I think there's still a lot more improvement to come.” 


Collingwood was looking to bounce back from the shock ANZAC Day clash draw against arch-rivals Carlton last Friday night.


The game went down the wire, with young son-of-a-gun Nick Daicos kicking the sealer with just over a minute left on the clock.


When asked if he celebrated the goal as a father or an ex-player, Peter Daicos said celebrating overall club success is paramount as a past player.

“If the cameras were to beam to us after every Collingwood goal, I can guarantee you we're just as ecstatic, banging walls and carrying on,” Daicos said.


“We were getting peeps from the box next door to us, the Carlton fans, and so we were giving a bit back.


“We get really pumped because I always say to people, you get to see a finished product, we get to see all the work the boys put in. 


“As an ex-player myself team success is paramount and when the boys are doing what they're doing and the club is winning, there's no better feeling. 


Collingwood, who sit in ninth, will host a spirited West Coast Eagles side this Sunday at Marvel Stadium.


They are set to be without three of their top six goal scorers with Brodie Mihocek (Hamstring), Lachie Schultz (Suspension) and Beau McCreery (Concussion) all ruled out. 


West Coast will also be without several players, with Jake Waterman, Noah Long and Elliot Yeo set to be sidelined.  


“There's always a really healthy rivalry, whether we play in Perth or whether they come to Melbourne,” Daicos said.


“There's always a good crowd and they've had some great teams over the years. It's a game that we're all looking forward to this week as well. 


“Adam Simpson's finally getting a bit of traction and some of these boys, their performances have been good in people, particularly over the last month. It should be a cracking game.”


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