St Kilda great Nick Riewoldt believes the club may not have the off-field leadership to get the most out of Jordan de Goey if the Collingwood star seeks a trade at the end of the season.
De Goey’s tenure at Collingwood has been bleak after his performances in Bali sparked the club’s interest in the 26-year-old.
After St Kilda and Geelong reported for the centre-forward, Riewoldt told AFL 360 Plus the Cats were more likely to land De Goey than his former club.
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“If I’m Geelong and Jordan de Goey walks through the door, then Joel Selwood, Tom Hawkins, Patrick Dangerfield, they’re going to say ‘get it and you’ll do it the Geelong way.’
“If Jordan goes to St Kilda, who’s going to make that speech?
“Based on Brett Ratten’s post game release to the media about holding each other accountable and driving high standards, I don’t think anyone is having that conversation.”
AFL icon Mike Sheehan nominated Saints captain Jack Steele, but Rialdt said the star midfielder was “a great on-field leader” and “wasn’t someone who was too inconsistent with his leadership style”.
De Goey’s price is still a point of contention, but Riewoldt said any deal with Saints would have to include comprehensive performance clauses.
I think they all get results based on high incentive contracts and get a comfort level with that.
“Very motivated, three years with construction but you have to work, over $800,000 but a very low base to start with.”