Collingwood ace Jordan De Goey is expected to dodge a suspension for his infamous mid-season partying antics in Bali, but AFL experts say he could be hit in the hip pocket when it comes to contract negotiations.
The midfielder was not at Magpies training on Monday morning and is not expected to attend the club’s afternoon session, despite all other players returning from their midseason break.
De Goey reportedly flew back into Melbourne on Sunday night and is due to face club bosses over his Bali antics on Monday, but his teammates refused to answer any questions about him as they came back to the club, the Herald Sun reported.
While there is no questioning the off-contract midfielder’s on field ability, his off-field antics are likely to temper interest from rival clubs and limit the need for Collingwood to break the bank to keep their star player.
Before the video emerged of De Goey doing throwback shots at a Bali nightclub and attempting to expose a woman’s breast, he had already landed in hot water following a nightclub incident in New York in the off-season.
De Goey’s antics in Bali (top) could play a huge role in his contract negotiations. The Collingwood star is off-contract but his off-field behaviour could deter rival clubs
Former St Kilda star Leigh Montagna said those incidents in quick succession could lead to interested clubs cooling off on trying to sign De Goey.
‘It certainly puts more seeds of doubt in other clubs that were considering having a crack at him as a free agent and trying to get him to the football club,’ he said on Fox Footy’s First Crack.
‘If there was already some concerns – whether it’s at board level or club level discussing do we or don’t we, what are the risks versus rewards – this just adds another layer to it. It might put a few clubs off.
‘We know he’s a match-winner, we know he’s got high-level talent, he is a gun player in the competition, I do think that, but now maybe some clubs might think the risk is not worth the reward.’
Montagna believes De Goey has lost significant bargaining power at the contact table
The fact that De Goey went on the offensive on Instagram while his club was preaching silence is also likely to play a role.
‘I want to openly address the relentless pursuit and persecution of athletes by the media to create an uneducated, bias and ill-informed narrative that has gone too far,’ he posted.
‘I am one of the lucky ones with amazing support, however not all athletes are so lucky. This will end in tragedy if no one speaks up. It’s time for change.’
Former Hawthorn and Melbourne star Jordan Lewis agreed that De Goey had lost significant bargaining power at the contract table.
‘We’ve seen so many examples over the last five to 10 years when the game has become more system-based than individuals starring,’ he said.
‘There’s so many examples to say that one player cannot win you a premiership or change the way you go about it, but it can certainly impact the group. I think in this case the bargaining power is getting less and less.
‘If I’m another club, if I’m a player at another club and involved in the leadership group and key decision makers, I don’t think I’d be looking at the Jordan De Goey situation.
‘I think other clubs would be looking past the football side. You want to get people in – and I don’t know him admittedly – you want to get people in to build culture and understand that that’s the most important thing that leads to performance, and that’s the one question mark over him.’
Lewis agrees with Montagna and said clubs will questions De Goey’s leadership abilities
Collingwood will announce any sanctions that will be imposed on De Goey, however AFL.com.au reporter Damian Barrett doesn’t believe that will include a suspension.
‘There should be meaningful, club-issued discipline, but banning De Goey from being at the MCG to play GWS next Sunday would not be right,’ he said.
‘Suspending De Goey from playing for the behaviour seen in that video from Bali, and the subsequent statement by a woman in the video, would be setting, in my eyes, a dangerous precedent.
‘On the available evidence at the time of writing – and I’ve checked in with all key parties by late Sunday – Collingwood needs to officially discipline De Goey. Meaningfully. But not with suspending him from match play. He’s been an idiot. But you can’t ban him for being an idiot.’