The risks surrounding a big deal for Jordan De Goey continue to mount, according to two AFL greats.
Plus some advice for a young Melbourne player who faces a big challenge for his future.
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DE GOEY’S BARGAINING POWER STRIKES A HUGE HIT
Former AFL stars Leigh Montagna and Jordan Lewis believe Jordan De Goey’s “bargaining power is diminishing” both at Collingwood and competing clubs following his actions in Bali.
De Goey is expected to meet with Collingwood upon his return from Bali and will provide more details on a video in which the 26-year-old mimics a sexual act on camera and another showing a tattooed hand trying to squeeze the breast to expose a woman.
Speaking on Fox Footy’s first crack, Montagna said De Goey’s latest off-field antics are a red flag for rival clubs who may be considering a game at the restricted free agent.
“It certainly raises more doubts in other clubs who have considered cracking him up as a free agent and trying to get him to the football club,” he said.
“If there were already concerns – whether or not there’s discussion at board or club level about what we’re doing or not, what the risks are versus the rewards – that just adds another layer. It might put off a few clubs.
“We know he’s a match-winner, we know he’s got high-profile talent, he’s a competitive arms player I think so, but now some clubs might think the risk isn’t worth the reward.”
Lewis, a four-time Hawthorn player in the Premier League, said no team-mates had traveled overseas during a mid-season break during his time at the club, with the sole exception of Josh Gibson visiting his then-partner in the United States.
The reservations that come with recruiting De Goey could prove too off-putting, Lewis said.
“We’ve seen so many examples in the last five to 10 years where the game has become more systems-based than individuals are the protagonists,” he said.
“There are so many examples of a player not being able to secure you the Prime Minister’s office or change the way you operate, but it can definitely make an impact on the group. I think in this case the bargaining power is getting smaller and smaller.
“If I’m another club, if I’m a player at another club and I’m involved in the leadership group and the key decision-makers, I don’t think I would look at Jordan De Goey’s situation.
“I think other clubs would look past the football team. You want to get people – and I admit I don’t know him – you want to get people to build culture and understand that that’s the most important thing that leads to achievement and that’s the only question mark over him.
YOUNG DEE’S EX-TEAMMATE OFFERS TRADING ADVICE
Luke Jackson’s former team-mate Jordan Lewis has urged the young gun without a contract to stay in Melbourne and avoid more lucrative offers from rival clubs.
Jackson is one of football’s highest-profile unsigned players, with the 20-year-old attracting significant interest in his home state of Western Australia.
West Coast Premiership player Peter Sumich said this month he believes Fremantle have offered Jackson a seven-year, $10.5 million deal.
Discussing Fox Footy’s first crack, Lewis said Jackson’s decision was significant.
“It’s quite often a decision that you can think short term if you don’t have the right people around you,” he said.
“From past experiences and the lessons learned and the stories told at Hawthorn mostly by Alastair Clarkson… Melbourne is clearly in the Premiership window at the moment, Luke Jackson is a part of that I would imagine if you one is a young player, you want to continue to be there.
“Then can you sacrifice a bit of money to stay in a team that’s clearly at the top? I think in the long term, whether in your career or after your career, there will be opportunities if you choose to go down this path.”
Lewis also warned of the pressure that can come from trading a big-money contract.
“If he decides to leave and goes to Fremantle with a lot of money, we’ve seen players collapse under that huge pressure, so you have to work all those things out,” he said.
“From experience and speaking to players who have been through it, it’s a very difficult decision, but you can be rewarded if you choose the lesser option.”