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Finally a Collingwood AFL player with some good news – Mason Cox is officially an Aussie citizen

Finally a Collingwood player with good news! American import Mason Cox is officially an Aussie citizen after the Dallas-born great man’s remarkable AFL journey

  • Collingwood star Mason Cox has become an Australian citizen with the MCG
  • The Dallas-born ruckman was picked up by the Magpies seven years ago
  • The 31-year-old has become an integral part of Craig McRae’s team this year

Collingwood star Mason Cox has become an Australian citizen, closing a remarkable journey for US imports.

During a week to forget for the Pies, Cox offered some good news after getting his citizenship at a ceremony at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Born and raised in a Texas suburb of Dallas, Cox, 31, was a member of his high school’s soccer team that won a state championship.

Mason Cox is now an Australian citizen, capping off a remarkable journey for the AFL star

Mason Cox is now an Australian citizen, capping off a remarkable journey for the AFL star

He graduated with an engineering degree from the renowned Oklahoma State University in 2014 and played NCAA basketball for them – including a famous game in which he successfully guarded future five-time NBA All Star Joel Embiid.

Cox was part of the third-ever AFL International Combine in the US in 2014, and after impressive results in the physical and skills tests, he flew to Australia for a second combine; where a number of clubs expressed an interest in recruiting him.

The 211cm ruckman and key forward was signed by Collingwood in 2015 as a Category B rookie and the rest, as they say, is history.

Dallas-born Cox was picked up by Collingwood in 2015 and impressed in the AFL

Dallas-born Cox was picked up by Collingwood in 2015 and impressed in the AFL

The 31-year-old reacts after becoming an Aussie at a citizenship ceremony at the MCG

The 31-year-old reacts after becoming an Aussie at a citizenship ceremony at the MCG

He spent his first season in the VFL learning his trade before making an incredible debut in Magpies’ annual ANZAC Day match against Essendon in the MCG.

Cox started the game at full speed and in just over a minute he had kicked the first goal of the game, with his first ever AFL-level kick.

He has become an incredible pick-up for the Pies, nearly single-handedly dragging them across the finish line in the 2018 Preliminary Finals against Richmond with a phenomenal three-goal performance.

He was then one of Collingwood’s best players the following week in their big final loss to West Coast, and despite some horror eye injuries and indifferent form in recent years, he has been an integral member of the Magpies squad.

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