Collingwood and Jordan De Goey are in a standoff, with the latter rejecting the latest contract offer from the club.
The restricted free agent has been the talk of the season, with speculation growing over where he’ll be in 2023, with St Kilda among rival clubs taking an interest.
According to The Age’s Michael Gleeson, De Goey has initially passed on a five-year deal from the Pies, as the term includes behavioural clauses that are “too broad and arbitrary.”
Big stand off. De Goey won’t sign contract with behaviour clause https://t.co/TJzJzpdM9e
— Michael Gleeson (@mickgleeson) September 26, 2022
The football world almost conceded the fact that the 26-year-old was set to stay at the AIA Centre, especially after his impressive finals series, despite his off-field indiscretions.
De Goey came third in the Gary Ayres Medal (behind Patrick Dangerfield and teammate Jack Crisp) and was instrumental in the qualifying loss to Geelong and semi final victory over Fremantle.
Collingwood initially pulled an offer from the midfielder mid-season after the Bali incident, which also resulted in De Goey being fined $25,000 (suspended).
This wasn’t long after the star was stood down by the club as he was arrested in New York during the off-season.
However, since his return (from personal leave) in round 20 against Port Adelaide, De Goey is yet to put a foot wrong, playing some career-best football.
With the Saints lurking around the corner, the 137-gamer’s recent decision to pass on the new contract offer adds to the speculation that he may be elsewhere next season.
— AFL Trade Radio (@traderadio) September 25, 2022
If De Goey were to depart, Collingwood are likely to receive a compensation pick late in the first-round, which would essentially be “weakened” for incoming Brisbane Lion Dan McStay, according to Fox Sports.
All this talk comes as the Pies are set to offload dual All-Australian Brodie Grundy, despite his desire to stay at the club.
In a similar fire sale to that of 2020 where Adam Treloar, Jaidyn Stephenson and Tom Phillips were moved on by Collingwood, it appears Grundy is almost locked in to join Melbourne as the club tries to ease their salary cap space.
Leading AFL journalist Mark Robinson expressed his frustrations at De Goey’s decision to pass on the contract sitting in front of him.
“Well, bad luck (Jordan) – Collingwood stand your ground,” Robinson said.
“You know Jordan, you got your hand back no doubt, you played magnificent football. But you’ve got a history and the club has said: ‘We will pay you a lot of money but we want you to behave’ – and you’re saying you want specifics about my behaviour? No common sense!
“We’re not going make a list of if you do that you’re OK, if you do that no you’re out.
“If you don’t want the deal, you don’t want to make the changes – goodbye! You are just a footballer, that’s all you are.
“You’re a good footballer but you are not bigger than the club.”
Robinson believes if De Goey is going to be difficult, the club should focus on retaining Grundy.
“I hope (De Goey) stays, but if he’s digging in saying: ‘I don’t know about my behaviour’, Collingwood and (club president) Jeff Browne should say: ‘OK thanks a lot, we’ll keep Brodie Grundy’,” Robinson said.
“One of them has got to go – if his 800 (thousand per year) goes, then Grundy can stay. So this is a really big decision by Collingwood. Do they buckle to De Goey after what’s happened? Wow.”