MR CONSISTENT: Jack Crisp of the Magpies.
MR CONSISTENT: Jack Crisp of the Magpies. JULIAN SMITH

Steaks are high for Crisp

AFL: Jack Crisp is on track to play every single game and finish in the top five of the club best and fairest for the second successive year at Collingwood.

Not bad for the one-time Brisbane player considered the "steak knives” in a deal that resulted in Magpies premiership player Dayne Beams becoming a Lion.

"I hate that bloody reference,” Crisp told Australian Regional Media. "It annoys me every time I hear that.”

Crisp was playing for his footballing future in late 2014, trying to win a new contract with Brisbane before being bundled up with picks five and 25 in that season's draft in a package to bring Beams home.

"I wanted to show everyone that I didn't just play the last six games (with the Lions) because the team had some injuries,” he said.

"I could play AFL ... I had a point to prove.”

The 22-year-old was originally drafted to the Gabba in 2011, but injury and form prevented him from cementing a spot in the Lions' senior side.

The hard-running half-forward played 10 games in his debut season, two in his second and then the final six in his third.

"Since I got back into the Brisbane side I haven't missed a game. Coming up to the end of the season it'll be 50 in a row,” he said.

"Considering I only played 12 over the first two years, I'm pretty happy with what I've done.”

The so-called steak knife has become adept at cutting up opposition defences while in the black and white. He finished third in the best and fairest last year, while averaging a healthy 22 touches.

Queenslander Beams, meanwhile, has been restricted to just 18 appearances for the Lions - including two this year - due to injury.

"I was always going to try and do what was best for my footy career,” Crisp said. "Both clubs got what they wanted in the end.”

Crisp admits that while he's happy to be playing regular senior football - and "embracing” being a part of the biggest AFL club in the biggest AFL city - he is keen for more team success, with the Magpies to miss finals for the second straight year.

"We had a good NAB Challenge and then just fell off the cliff really,” he said in reference to winning two of their first seven home-and-away games.

"It's just about keeping the same personnel in and everyone getting used to playing with each other, getting that consistency.

"We've definitely got some good young kids who have come through,” he added, one of them being Jordan de Goey, selected with the aforementioned pick five in that 2014 draft.

Like its opponent at Etihad Stadium tomorrow night - Gold Coast (6-14) - Collingwood (8-12) is playing for nothing but pride.

"We've got to finish off the season well,” Crisp said. "Bring a bit of momentum into pre-season. You don't want to go out losing three or four in a row.”

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