He’s now the enemy, but former Brisbane star Daniel McStay’s absence from Collingwood’s side in Saturday’s AFL grand final has saddened his former Lions teammates, particularly his close friend Zac Bailey.
McStay, who left Brisbane at the end of last season to join the Magpies, was ruled out of the MCG decider after suffering a knee injury in Collingwood’s one-point preliminary final win over the GWS Giants.
Bailey admitted seeing McStay’s anguish had him worried about similar heartbreak less than 24 hours later when the Lions booked their grand final berth with victory over Carlton at the Gabba.
“I’m not going to lie, it does sit in the back your head, but you’ve got to put your body on the line and hope that it holds up,” the 24-year-old attacking weapon said.
“We were lucky. We’ve got a relatively healthy list going into the final.”
However, such fortune…