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Buti's Call: Former Docker's rise to Mayne man for the Magpies

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Earlier this year my youngest son, a Fremantle Dockers supporter (I have brainwashed him well) said "if Freo are not in the grand final I want Collingwood to win the premiership".

I nearly choked on my toast and jam (no smashed avocado for us Armadale boys) before responding: "Why?"

Ex-Docker Chris Mayne didn't let a season in the VFL dent his hunger for AFL success.Credit:Cameron Grimes

"Because I want Chris Mayne to play in a premiership. Dad he has been through so much. What a fighter."

Spot on.

Mayne played his junior football for Belmont within the recruiting zone of the Perth Demons and his impressive senior WAFL debut for Perth in 2007 built his reputation as a strong marking forward.

Mayne did not play in the National Under 18s Championships, sidelined in 2006 and too old in 2007, thus missing the opportunity to impress the AFL recruiters on the national stage, but his performance attracted the attention of the Dockers, who picked him with selection 40 in the 2007 national draft.

Mayne played 17 senior games in his first season, and his hard running and forward defensive pressure became a trademark for the boy from Belmont.

After being sidelined for much of the 2009 and 2010 seasons with injuries, Mayne managed to play all 22 games in 2011, developing into an elite defensive forward who applied crucial pressure to opposition backmen.

In 2012, Mayne added accurate goal kicking to his repertoire, recording one of the most accurate seasons in VFL/AFL history, with 39 goals and........

© Brisbane Times