Jordan de Goey appears to be “as invested as ever” on the field, St Kilda champion Nick Rialt says, while fellow Fox Footy pundit Mark Robinson has called on Collingwood to return the star forward’s contract offer.
De Goey missed three games last month with a quad injury and missed another after taking personal leave following the Pius’ mid-season appearance at a Bali nightspot.
The latter incident prompted Collingwood to withdraw its $3.2m contract offer – two years, with a trigger for a further two years, at $800,000 per season – for De Goey, who is unsigned beyond this season and is eligible for free agency.
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But the 26-year-old has been in impressive form for Collingwood since returning to the senior side. On Friday night, the Magpies made it two goals from 23 games against Port Adelaide before a one-goal, 25-display run at home to premiers Melbourne.
It appears on Fox Footy’s On the sofa On Monday night, Riewoldt pointed to a vision from De Goey’s game on Friday night, working hard defensively after two midfield clearances to get into the back 50 to apply pressure and intercept the ball. He finished with 46 pressure points on the boards – his best result of the year so far.
“He seems as invested as ever,” Riewoldt said. On the sofa.
“We know what an offensive talent he is, that he can charge forward with the ball in his hands … but his defensive work is what stood out to me on Friday night.
“If you want an attitude and you want an effort from Jordan de Goey… we know we’re going to get it one way, but he’s showing it the other way.”
With contract negotiations between De Goey and the Pies still ongoing, several rival clubs are circling the player, particularly St Kilda.
But Robinson PS now says De Goey should be his priority signing.
I wasn’t happy with what he did (off the field), but I accept that people make mistakes in life and it’s something you do later. But if you make a mistake again, you’ll be upset,” Robinson told Fox Footy. AFL 360.
But I can’t believe the board or the executive are still thinking ‘we don’t want Jordan’ with what he’s doing at Collingwood as a player. Help him because he was your problem child – because I can tell you that he has been playing extraordinary football in his two games back from injury.
“I don’t think it’s a big decision. I think they should say: ‘It’s right on the table, what do you want to do? Let’s finish it. Do you want to be here? If you think about it, pray.
Brownlow medalist Gerard Healy says PS would be “crazy” for De Goey to leave.
“It’s a big call to get rid of De Goey,” Healy told 3AW. Sports day.
He looks happy and is playing amazingly well, knowing his surroundings is a big call for him to go for even more money. It’s a challenge if you go to a new club.
“His form was pretty good and he had a good weekend, Collingwood are in contention for the premiership and unless something goes wrong they will be there next year.”
Collingwood coach Craig McRae told reporters on Friday night that De Goey would “like” him to stay at the club beyond this season amid uncertainty over the star free agent’s future.
“We live in the moment and let Jordy continue to be around us and make us better. Nights like tonight are good examples of his possessions making us better,” McRae said.
“I thought it was the best game of the year. I thought he was a star. I thought he really changed the game around clearance.