As he prepares to embark on his new career as a coach, Nathan Buckley says he is still haunted by the fact that he never won the Premiership as a player and is unsure if winning it from the sidelines will fill the void.
Buckley played in losing Grand Finals for the Magpies in both 2002 and 2003 and had retired and been made assistant manager by the time the side finally prevailed in 2010 and says even this triumph did nothing to quell his disappointment.
”There is no way I can possibly fill that void. Being a premiership player is something you get the opportunity to do whilst you are in the best athletic and physical years of your life,” Buckley said.
”I don’t get the chance to fill that void.”
The 39-year-old has inherited a superb squad and is clearly full of enthusiasm for his new position ahead of his first live Aussie rules game as a coach.
Buckley admits that he misses the responsibility of controlling his team on the field something he did throughout his career with Brisbane and Collingwood.
He is sure to be a very hands on coach in his new role and says he is looking to build his squad in his image, bringing in young, tenacious talent so they can emulate his success, despite the AFL betting odds not being in his favour.
“If I had a choice right now, I would play. I would rewind and I would start all over again,” he said.’
‘But the next best thing is to look at half a dozen new recruits that come in to the place and give them the opportunity I believe I was given.”