Billy Frampton will replace Dan McStay for Collingwood in grand final

Billy Frampton will come into Collingwood's injury-hit line-up for the grand final against Brisbane.

Billy Frampton will come into Collingwood's injury-hit line-up for the grand final against Brisbane. Photo: AAP

Billy Frampton’s decision to leave Adelaide and kickstart his floundering AFL career at Collingwood has him on the verge of a premiership.

As much as Dan McStay is a Magpies hard-luck story for Saturday’s grand final against Brisbane Lions, his knee injury has proved to be Frampton’s great opportunity.

Coach Craig McRae confirmed on Wednesday that Frampton would replace McStay in the Magpies line-up at the MCG.

Frampton has not played since round 24, being named as an emergency for Collingwood’s two finals.

The tall utility has enjoyed a breakout debut season with the Magpies, playing 15 senior games.

In five seasons at Port Adelaide and then Adelaide, Frampton had not managed more than 10 games in a campaign before the Crows traded him to Collingwood last year for a third-round draft pick.

McRae said the 26-year-old’s versatility earned him a place in the side after McStay injured his knee in Friday night’s preliminary final win over Greater Western Sydney.

“We’re excited for him. He’ll be good for us,” McRae told SEN on Wednesday.

“He can play forward for us and go back where need be, and play on the likes of (Joe) Daniher and others, and he can play (as) second ruck.”

Midfielder Taylor Adams will stay out of the side after reporting hamstring tightness at Tuesday’s training, while the Magpies must decide whether Jack Ginnivan or John Noble will be their sub.

Collingwood defender Brayden Maynard has taken careful note of the hard and fast Carlton start that put Brisbane on the back foot in their preliminary final.

Brisbane was left reeling when Carlton kicked the first five goals last Saturday at the Gabba, but the Blues could not keep the Lions on the ropes.

The Lions were only three points down at the main break and controlled the second half to make their first grand final since 2004.

“(Carlton) got a jump on them early. They kept the game in a pretty fast manner,” Maynard said.

“You have to go at Brisbane. They like a bit of a slow game, kick-mark, so we have to be ‘on’ from the minute we get out there.

“Carlton played really well in the first half, but weren’t able to adapt in the second half.

“Brisbane are a great team. They’re in the grand final for a reason.”

Maynard is prepared to step in if the Lions try to put the heat on Magpies star Nick Daicos – regularly the focus of tagging attention.

“I will be the first (to step in) and I will be the last,” Maynard said, with a semi-serious smile.

Maynard is determined this grand final will go better than his first.

In 2018, he was crunched early by West Coast’s Liam Ryan and was on the wrong end of the famous coast-to-coast Eagles play that ended up winning them the premiership.

Dom Sheed marked and goalled, but Maynard protested in vain that Willie Rioli had blocked him from spoiling the famous grab.

“To this day, I still think it was a block. It really frustrated me,” Maynard said.

“We couldn’t change anything – they won. I have another chance to go out there this Saturday with the team and have a red-hot crack.

“We deserve to be in this position. Now we just have to go out and do what we do best.”


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