Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Future's All Black and White for This Ex-Swan

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Future's All Black and White for This Ex-Swan

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Byline: TERRY MALLINDER APN SPORTS BUREAU

GAME DAY

MAGPIES V ROOS

At the MCG, 1.40pm

Also: Swans v Dockers, Bombers

v Saints, Eagles v Power.

BOOM Collingwood recruit Jesse White believes it is only a matter of time before Travis Cloke regains his scoring mojo and the two can start terrorising opposition defences together.

With both Cloke and White standing at 196cm, and tipping the scales at 107kg and 103kg respectively, they form an imposing pair in the Magpies' attack.

But after averaging three goals a game in recent seasons, Cloke has been held goalless three times already in 2014 for a grand total of just two majors.

"At the moment he's down a bit, but if we can get his confidence going and get the ball into his hands... the more opportunities he can get to kick goals," White, 26, told APN this week.

"He's been great for me, teaching me how to compete really hard... I don't think that has dropped away (Cloke's game), he still competes really hard and brings the ball to ground for us."

While small forward Jamie Elliott (11 goals) has led the way for the Magpies, White has also stepped up in the face of Cloke's woes, starring in both the round three loss to Geelong (two goals, seven marks) and last week's win over Richmond (three goals, seven marks) as a strong target in the forward-50m.

"That's what my role is as well, to try and take a bit of the heat away from him (Cloke)," White said.

"I think the more we play together the better we'll be."

Collingwood would love Cloke to find form today. He and White are keys to penetrating what has been a rock-solid North Melbourne defence which, led by fullback Scott Thompson, restricted Sydney to just six goals last week.

The Magpies don't want to be 2-3 heading into their Anzac Day clash with Essendon. …

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