Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has conceded last week’s thrilling win over West Coast took a huge toll on his players after their season came to an end with a 64-point thrashing from Geelong.
The Magpies struggled from the opening bounce at the Gabba and Buckley said it was obvious that his team lacked energy.
He said nobody entered the game thinking the one-point win over the Eagles at Optus Stadium had drained the players, but it was hard to argue against that theory.
“The evidence would suggest so. We didn’t think we had until it was obvious that we had,” Buckley said.
“It wasn’t in our language. We were optimistic. We’ve kept finding a way this year for the most part.
“You’re not going to see a game that one-sided very often.”
Collingwood have dropped from a grand final in 2018 to a preliminary final last year and now a semi-final this season.
Buckley said Collingwood needed to bolster the midfield during the trade period and find some outside runners.
They must quickly turn their attention to re-signing star forward Jordan De Goey, but Buckley was confident he would stay. He still expected either De Goey or his representatives to speak to opposition clubs and admitted Collingwood still had work to do to satisfy his financial demands.
“Jordy loves the club and he wants to be here,” Buckley said.
“Elements of people on his side would like to see him remunerated as well as he possibly could. We want him to be rewarded appropriately as well.
“I think that’s what it comes down to. It’s for no lack of belief in what the place has done for him, what it brings for him and the opportunity it provides and the love and connection he has to not only the club but in particular his teammates.
“But there still needs to be a monetary outcome that is satisfactory for both parties.”