COLLINGWOOD coach Nathan Buckley has backed Marley Williams after the young AFL defender was found guilty of grievous bodily harm.
Williams will learn in April if he is going to jail for an incident in late 2012 that left another man with a broken jaw.
Buckley said Williams, 20, was continuing to redeem himself.
An Albany jury found Williams guilty on Friday.
“It is really early, the dust is still settling as you can imagine,” Buckley said after Saturday’s loss to Richmond at Wangaratta.
“It is a fair shock to him, but as we have said in our statement, we support him absolutely.
"We don’t condone violence in any shape or form ... He is a young man who has made a blue, but we will give him every chance to redeem himself.”
Williams was named in Collingwood’s squad for Saturday’s clash with Richmond but did not play.