Thousands of Collingwood fans turn out to watch the Magpies training before AFL ...

Thousands of eager Collingwood fans have packed into the Holden Centre at Olympic Park in Melbourne to watch the Magpies train ahead of the AFL Grand Final.

Collingwood will play the West Coast Eagles at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday in the season decider.

About 5000 people turned up at Collingwood headquarters to watch the team train on Tuesday. 

Thousands of eager Collingwood fans have packed into Olympic Park in Melbourne to watch the Magpies train ahead of the AFL Grand Final

Thousands of eager Collingwood fans have packed into Olympic Park in Melbourne to watch the Magpies train ahead of the AFL Grand Final

A Collingwood fan poses with club president Eddie McGuire during the team's open training at Olympic Park

A Collingwood fan poses with club president Eddie McGuire during the team's open training at Olympic Park

About 5000 people (as well as dogs) turned up at Collingwood headquarters to watch the team train on Tuesday

About 5000 people (as well as dogs) turned up at Collingwood headquarters to watch the team train on Tuesday

A young fan has his guernsey signed by Scott Pendlebury during Collingwood's open training in Melbourne

A young fan has his guernsey signed by Scott Pendlebury during Collingwood's open training in Melbourne

Magpies coach Nathan Buckley signs autographs during the training session on Tuesday

Magpies coach Nathan Buckley signs autographs during the training session on Tuesday

Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy said the rags-to-riches tales within his AFL club should win over the hearts of neutrals ahead of the grand final.

As fans ponder where their allegiances might lie in their clash with West Coast, Grundy has put forward a compelling case for the Magpies.

'There are so many stories, it just depends where you want to look,' Grundy said.

'Tyson (Goldsack). Adam Treloar. Travis Varcoe - what he's gone through.

Adam Oxley jumps a fence to pose for photographs with fans during Collingwood's open training session

Adam Oxley jumps a fence to pose for photographs with fans during Collingwood's open training session

Nathan Murphy snaps a selfie with two Collingwood fans during the team's training session at Olympic Park

Nathan Murphy snaps a selfie with two Collingwood fans during the team's training session at Olympic Park

Collingwood will play the West Coast Eagles in the AFL Grand Final on Saturday afternoon

Collingwood will play the West Coast Eagles in the AFL Grand Final on Saturday afternoon

Josh Daicos and Brody Mihocek of the Collingwood Magpies sign autographs for fans during a training session at Olympic Park

Josh Daicos and Brody Mihocek of the Collingwood Magpies sign autographs for fans during a training session at Olympic Park

'The story of the footy club itself. Nathan Buckley and the scrutiny he was under.

'Steele Sidebottom. The year that he's had.

'It's amazing to be a part of.' 

Goldsack suffered an anterior cruciate ligament rupture in March, an injury that usually comes with a 10-12 month layoff.

Instead, the 31-year-old returned after just six months and could cap his career

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