Taylor Adams during Collingwood's training session at Olympic Park Oval on September 20, 2023. Picture: Getty Images

COLLINGWOOD vice-captain Taylor Adams has been ruled out of Saturday's Toyota AFL Grand Final against Brisbane at the MCG.

The 30-year-old suffered a low-grade hamstring strain at match simulation during the semi-final weekend and missed the preliminary final win over Greater Western Sydney.

Adams had been pushing to return in time for this weekend but experienced more hamstring awareness at training on Tuesday.

The 2020 Copeland Trophy winner was set to be put through a fitness test at training on Thursday but will now be forced to watch on this Saturday.

"Unfortunate news for Taylor Adams who experienced hamstring awareness during training today which will see him miss the Grand Final," Collingwood GM of Football, Graham Wright, said.


"Taylor is an ultimate professional and a true leader both on and off the field and we will wrap our arms around him and continue to support him this week.

"Taylor was incredibly eager to be out there with his teammates and left no stone unturned in his rehabilitation and recovery and we all share in his disappointment."

Craig McRae also faces the challenge of replacing key forward Dan McStay after the off-season recruit suffered a high-grade MCL strain against the Giants. The former Lion doesn’t require surgery and will be ready for day one of pre-season.


Billy Frampton was recruited last October to play as a key defender but the West Australian has spent as much time in the ruck and as a key forward during his first season at the club. 

The former Adelaide and Port Adelaide utility trained alongside Brody Mihocek in match simulation at the end of Tuesday’s session and is being considered to return to the senior side for replace McStay. 

Frampton managed only six games for the Crows last year and played a total of 24 across seven seasons in South Australia, but has proven to be a shrewd recruit in 2023, playing 15 times, most recently against Essendon in round 24 in the absence of Moore and Nathan Murphy. 

Billy Frampton during a marking drill at Collingwood training at the AIA Centre on September 26, 2023. Picture: Getty Images/AFL Photos

He could be called upon to play a defensive forward role on Brisbane co-captain Harris Andrews, who produced one of the best performances of preliminary final weekend and will require attention on Saturday.

Jack Ginnivan started as the sub in both the qualifying final and preliminary final after regaining his spot in the 23 in round 22. 

The small forward will come under consideration for a spot in the 22 this weekend if Collingwood opts to shift Mason Cox forward to cover the loss of McStay. 

Jack Ginnivan looks on during Collingwood training at the AIA Centre on September 26, 2023. Picture: Getty Images/AFL Photos

Ash Johnson would have come under consideration but the Halls Creek product sustained a season-ending hairline fracture in his arm against Williamstown in a VFL final earlier this month. 

Collingwood may also look at moving veteran Jeremy Howe forward or using utility Will Hoskin-Elliott in attack to provide an aerial threat against the Lions. 

John Noble was dropped ahead of the first final after playing 83 consecutive games but looms as another option for the Magpies to ponder, with Brisbane’s dangerous forward line combination of Charlie Cameron, Lincoln McCarthy, Zac Bailey, Cam Rayner and Dayne Zorko awaiting them this weekend. 

Collingwood has lost its past six encounters with Brisbane dating back to 2019, but none of those games have been at the MCG, where the Lions have won only one of their past 15 games.