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Tyson Goldsack – Collingwood #6

Goldsack has filled a variety of roles in his eight years at Collingwood, but he has looked at home when playing as a third tall forward in recent seasons where his unique package of tenacity, speed and athleticism makes him a difficult match-up. Goldsack has also spent plenty of time as a rangy half back where, although predominantly a shut down player, he has the ability to create when the situation allows. Injuries and the occasional illness have been a bugbear over the journey but there is no doubt that the Magpies are a more dangerous and versatile outfit when Goldsack is fit and firing.

Q: Which Junior Clubs did you play for and what was the highlight of your junior career?

A: I played for Pakenham in my early junior career and then played for Gippsland Power in the Under 18’s. The highlights were winning the Grand Final with Gippsland in 2005 and making senior debut for Pakenham in 2004.

Q: Who was your AFL Idol as a kid and why?

A: Shane Crawford. I was a Hawthorn supporter and liked the way he went about his footy. You always hear stories about how dedicated he was and all the extra stuff that he used to do on top of his normal training.

Q: What were you doing on the day you got drafted?

A: Every year the street that I lived in had a breakfast and it was on the day I got drafted so when the draft was on I went out the front and listened to it on the radio in my car.

Q: What has been the highlight of your AFL career so far?

A: Definitely winning the 2010 Grand Final. It was made even better by kicking the first goal of the game. Another highlight was making my debut in in 2007 against the Bulldogs.

Q: What are some of your interests outside of football?

A: I like water skiing in the off season and I’ve got a real interest in property and building. I also just like hanging out with friends.

Q: If you weren’t playing football what would you be doing for a job?

A: I’d say I’d be in a trade, probably an electrician.