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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 some good news! American import Mason Cox is officially an Aussie citizen following Dallas-born big man’s remarkable AFL journey

  • Collingwood star Mason Cox has become an Australian citizen at 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 squad this year 

Collingwood star Mason Cox has become an Australian citizen, capping off a remarkable journey for the American import. 

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

The 31-year-old Cox was born and raised in suburban Dallas, in Texas, and was a part of his high school’s soccer team, who won a state championship.

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 where he successfully guarded future five-time NBA All Star Joel Embiid.

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

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

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

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

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

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

He spent his first season in the VFL learning his craft, before an incredible debut in the Magpies annual ANZAC Day match against Essendon at the MCG.

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

He’s gone on to be an incredible pick-up for the Pies, almost single-handedly dragging them over the line in the 2018 preliminary final against Richmond with a phenomenal three-goal performance. 

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

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