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Sarah Black  June 24, 2017 9:45 AM

Collingwood's mid-season report card Peter Ryan takes a look at the Magpies season so far

TWO-THIRDS of Magpie fans want to see coach Nathan Buckley continue at the helm.

Buckley's future remains one of the biggest questions surrounding Collingwood as the Pies resume after their bye in 13th position on the ladder.

Given their mid-season verdict on the Magpies in an AFL.com.au survey, 68 per cent of fans said they were happy with Buckley's performance in steering their side to within a game of the top eight, with a healthy percentage of 101.7.

High-profile recruit Chris Mayne has struggled to maintain a senior position since arriving from Fremantle in the off-season, and has been voted the Pies' biggest underperformer so far in 2017.

Skipper Scott Pendlebury is Mr Consistency, and has been named as the Magpies' best player this season, narrowly ahead of Mark of the Year favourite Jeremy Howe.

Here are the full survey results, along with a selection of Magpie fans' expectations for the rest of the season.

It'll be a good year for the Magpies if …

We keep playing the same attacking style and the recruiters snare a big profile forward in the off-season.
- Arty Fazio, Willetton WA

Jamie Elliot can stay uninjured throughout the back half of the year. Sealing wins against some top eight sides would also leave us happy!
- Tayla Prime, Beaconsfield Vic

We appoint a new coach.
- Graeme Lean, Brisbane Qld

Matthew Scharenberg and Elliot have a clear bill of health. Darcy Moore develops consistency and confidence.
- Stobie Watson, Cairns Qld

The best mark in the team, Jeremy Howe, is moved into an under-marking forward line.
- Michael Boyne, Pambula NSW

Buckley keeps his job.
- Jane Mitchell, Mont Albert Vic

We get more games into the youngsters and push for a top-eight finish.
- Jeremy Whelan, Bentleigh East Vic

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