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Durable Pie says Lions switch his best move

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 16: Jack Crisp of the Magpies in action during the AFL 2017 JLT Community Series match between the Collingwood Magpies and the Essendon Bombers at Etihad Stadium on February 16, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
Jack Crisp has been a fixture in the Magpies' side in the past two years
There's blokes knocking down the door that haven't played senior footy in a while
Jack Crisp

NAME the two Collingwood players that have played every game for the club since the start of the 2015 season. 

Captain Scott Pendlebury is the easy one.

But surely only Magpie trainspotters could identify Jack Crisp as the other. 

The 23-year-old has quietly established himself as a part of the furniture at Collingwood, and will play his 54th straight AFL match on Sunday against St Kilda. 

"It's a little milestone I've been quietly happy with to be honest," Crisp said. 

"After playing 18 games in three years at Brisbane I haven't missed a beat since coming down here.

"It's been the best thing that's happened to me and I thank 'Bucks' for keeping on playing me even when I haven't been playing my best footy." 

Crisp's streak of 54-straight matches will be put to the test in coming weeks, given the sudden boost to Collingwood's healthy playing stocks. 

Buckley has 42 fit players to choose from, which he says is the most he's had at his disposal in six seasons. 

It's one of the reasons Crisp has found a role in 2017 as an outside runner on the wing and across half-forward, as opposed to the stoppage position occupied in previous years.

Crisp says he's happy to switch positions to meet the team's needs - and to keep his streak ticking over. 

"No one ever thinks that their spot is safe, even before this," Crisp said. 

"There's blokes knocking down the door that haven't played senior footy in a while. 

"But it's really good having everyone out on the track putting their best foot forward and giving Bucks and the match committee headaches."

Collingwood (1-2) and the Saints (1-2) are both out to even their 2017 ledger when they meet at Etihad Stadium.

The Magpies kick-started their season with a gritty one-point win against Sydney last Friday night.

"It was a big relief. A good win to get our season started," Crisp said.

"We put ourselves on the back foot starting 0-2. It'll be a hard way to come back if we're 1-3 with some tough games coming up. 

"If we can come in 2-2 we'll be in good stead."