Nathan Buckley enjoys a morning stroll with his girlfriend Alex Pike ahead of his final AFL game


Nathan Buckley has been spotted enjoying a morning stroll with his girlfriend Alex Pike ahead of his final AFL game as Collingwood coach.

The sporting star, 48, appeared rather pensive as he walked off his nerves in Melbourne ahead of his emotional send-off.  

Nathan will coach the Magpies for the final time on Monday, when his struggling team take on Melbourne Demons in their Queen’s Birthday clash at the SCG.

Spotted: Nathan Buckley, 48, (right) took a morning stroll with his new girlfriend girlfriend Alex Pike, 44, (left) on Sunday ahead of his final AFL game as the Collingwood coach 

The sports star attempted to keep a low profile dressed in a cap, blue coloured long sleeve shirt, shorts and and black sneakers.

Meanwhile, his new cosmetic nurse girlfriend Alex, 42, flaunted her toned physique in a midriff baring ensemble.

Alex opted for a light blue long-sleeve crop top paired with black leggings and blue sneakers.

Something on your mind? The sporting star, 48, appeared rather pensive as he walked off his nerves in Melbourne ahead of his emotional send-off

Something on your mind? The sporting star, 48, appeared rather pensive as he walked off his nerves in Melbourne ahead of his emotional send-off 

End of an era: Nathan will coach the Magpies for the final time on Monday, when his struggling team take on Melbourne Demons in their Queen's Birthday clash at the SCG

End of an era: Nathan will coach the Magpies for the final time on Monday, when his struggling team take on Melbourne Demons in their Queen’s Birthday clash at the SCG

On the go: At one stage the couple stopped by a local cafe to pick up take-away coffees

On the go: At one stage the couple stopped by a local cafe to pick up take-away coffees

She completed her look with a black sweater tied around her waist and transparent acrylic sunglasses.

The mother of three appeared to be wearing light makeup for the no-fuss outing. 

At one stage the couple stopped by a local cafe to pick up take-away coffees. 

Low key: The sports star attempted to keep a low profile dressed in a cap, blue coloured long sleeve shirt, shorts and and black sneakers

Low key: The sports star attempted to keep a low profile dressed in a cap, blue coloured long sleeve shirt, shorts and and black sneakers

Glamazon: Meanwhile, his new cosmetic nurse girlfriend flaunted her toned physique in a midriff baring ensemble

Glamazon: Meanwhile, his new cosmetic nurse girlfriend flaunted her toned physique in a midriff baring ensemble

Stylish: Alex, 42, opted for a baby blue coloured long sleeve crop top which she paired with black leggings and blue coloured sneakers

Stylish: Alex, 42, opted for a baby blue coloured long sleeve crop top which she paired with black leggings and blue coloured sneakers

Nathan took over as head coach from Mick Malthouse in 2012, but has remained tight-lipped about his shock decision to leave.

Alex was meanwhile one of the first to publicly show support for her man following his shock decision to leave on social media.

She labelled Buckley a ‘powerhouse’ on one of Collingwood’s many Instagram tributes. 

Glamazon: The mother of three appeared to be wearing light makeup

Glamazon: The mother of three appeared to be wearing light makeup

Date: The couple were seen chatting during their morning workout

Date: The couple were seen chatting during their morning workout

Hush: Nathan took over as head coach from Mick Malthouse in 2012, but has remained tight-lipped about his shock decision to leave

Hush: Nathan took over as head coach from Mick Malthouse in 2012, but has remained tight-lipped about his shock decision to leave

Supportive: Alex was one of the first to publicly show support for her man following his shock decision to leave on social media

Supportive: Alex was one of the first to publicly show support for her man following his shock decision to leave on social media

Alex also shared a quote about ‘letting go’ – seemingly a reference to Nathan’s decision to quit his role with the Magpies after nine years.

‘As we let go of adventures no longer meant for us, we brought new ones aligned with our magic,’ she wrote on Instagram.

She earlier shared two other cryptic quotes: ‘Comfort zones: If you live in one too long… that becomes your norm. Get comfortable being uncomfortable.’

The second read: ‘What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.’  

Cryptic: Alex also shared a quote about 'letting go' - seemingly a reference to Nathan's decision to quit his role with the Magpies after nine years

Cryptic: Alex also shared a quote about ‘letting go’ – seemingly a reference to Nathan’s decision to quit his role with the Magpies after nine years

Romance: Alex and Nathan were first rumoured to be dating in May 2021 after a friend told media described their relationship as 'effortless'

Romance: Alex and Nathan were first rumoured to be dating in May 2021 after a friend told media described their relationship as ‘effortless’

Normal: The friend adds that the nurse is not after fame, and 'not daunted' by the attention that comes with being a WAG. 'They are just into normal stuff, yoga, natural health, keeping fit and staying positive' the friend says

Normal: The friend adds that the nurse is not after fame, and ‘not daunted’ by the attention that comes with being a WAG. ‘They are just into normal stuff, yoga, natural health, keeping fit and staying positive’ the friend says



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