Former Bulldog Jack Madgen to pull on Collingwood jumper in 2018

Barossa District footballer Jack Madgen is now a Magpie.

Today, it was announced he has been signed as a category B rookie with the Collingwood Football Club for the 2018 campaign.

To be a “category B rookie”, a footballer needs to come from another sport and have not played our national code for three years.

Jack is the youngest of former Bulldogs footy club president Gene and Deb’s four children, hailing from Williamstown.

Older brother Ben is a highly respected professional basketballer in Europe, and sister Tess is a former Australian Opal. Tess is currently recovering from an ACL injury.

Jack last played football for Barossa District in the Barossa, Light and Gawler competition back in 2010.

He’d played underage (Under 17s) in the morning and A grade in the afternoon, rucking against men, and then Eastern Mavericks at night.

He was the joint winner of the 2010 Senior Colt Footballer of the Year.

Since then he has spent four years in America on a college basketball scholarship.

At 196cm, 95kg and guard in hoops, he is also a great kick for his size.

He has been playing for the Mount Gambier Pioneers in the SEABL competition this winter, winning both their conference and overall title.

He was a Cairns Taipans development player in 2016-17, debuting, but playing just 90 seconds in the final.

Collingwood expect Madgen to play on medium or tall forwards, starting in the VFL competition.

“In addition to impressive defensive capabilities, Jack has a huge work ethic and a real willingness to learn the game,” Collingwood recruiting manager Derek Hine said.

“He’s mature, professional and will be willing to do extras to help improve his game.”

There is a huge family football history on mum Deb’s side.

His uncle Matthew Rendell is a 177 VFL/AFL game footballer with Fitzroy and the Brisbane Bears, while his cousin Mitchell Harvey was recently on the Power list for a couple of years and plays SANFL league football with North Adelaide.

Matt Rendell is currently on the Magpies staff.

Aunty Mel Rendell (Mitchell’s mum) who led the Barossa District senior one netball side to the 2007 premiership from fourth place, was a long term state league netballer.

Jack’s oldest sister Carly played in that flag as well.

Uncle Tim Rendell also played SANFL league football with West Torrens and was recruited by Fitzroy, but didn’t play VFL league football.

This story Madgen dons Magpie colours first appeared on Barossa & Light Herald.