Jack Madgen grew up in the Barossa Valley outside of Adelaide and played junior football with Central Districts in the SANFL and local club Barossa District before pursuing a career in basketball. From a family with sporting pedigree, brother Ben and sister Tess represented Australia in basketball, while Uncle Matt Rendell played 177 games of VFL/AFL football with Fitzroy and the Brisbane Bears.
Madgen spent four years in the US on a basketball scholarship, playing shooting guard with College Delta State University, completing a Bachelor of Business majoring in Marketing. Upon returning to Australia in 2017, Madgen trialed with several AFL clubs before being drafted by Collingwood as a Category B Rookie, more than three years after he last played football. At 192cm Collingwood see Madgen as a medium defender with the ability to play on both tall and small forwards.
In late 2018 Madgen was rewarded with his debut game for Collingwood, going on to play 4 games in his first season. On the back of solid form at VFL level, Madgen played 4 AFL games in his second season.
2020 has been a breakout season for Madgen, earning a spot in Collingwood’s Round 1 side, and playing an important role for the Pies down back. Madgen was also voted into the club’s Emerging Leaders Group.