How soon is too soon for Jordan De Goey’s AFL return?

Jordan De Goey
12 Mar, 2018 by Staff Writer

The 2018 season hasn’t even started. Yet talented Magpie youngster Jordan De Goey has already managed to land himself in hot water.

Another year, another De Goey disaster

After last year’s infamous ‘dog story’ Jordan De Goey made the headlines yet again losing his licence for drink driving.

The timing couldn’t have been worse for the young Magpie. The AFL media are starved for news in the pre-season so they were all over De Goey’s latest mishap.

Media on the prowl

In the middle of a savage footy media storm, Collingwood announced that Jordan De Goey would be suspended indefinitely whilst paying a $10,000 fine. He was also banned from touching alcohol for the remainder of the season.

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The ‘indefinite’ suspension was a stroke of genius by the Magpies as it took a lot of heat out of the story.

Round 1 return hamstrung

Eddie McGuire raised some eyebrows when he said “a pretty early return” was on the cards for De Goey. It had some speculating that he could be back as soon as Round 1.

Premiership coach Paul Roos was one of many that were not impressed, saying it would be hypocritical for Collingwood to allow Jordan De Goey back into the team for Round 1.

A minor hamstring strain sustained at VFL training has seen a Round 1 return ruled out. But Round 2 certainly isn’t out of the question.

Jordan De Goey a key to Collingwood’s finals aspirations

A quick look at the AFL betting markets suggests that plenty of people are sceptical about Collingwood’s chances in 2018. The Magpies need to hit the ground running in 2018 and to do so they need their best players out on the park.

Magpies fans are growing increasingly impatient. Collingwood’s last four seasons have yielded finishes between 11th and 14th.

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For Nathan Buckley it’s finals or bust in 2018. The Pies cannot afford to have a vital part of their midfield sitting on the sidelines, regardless of what the moral police think.

Luke Hodge was busted drink driving in 2015 and was free to play in a final the following week. I don’t see why De Goey deserves any rougher penalty for his misdemeanour.

With arch enemy Carlton awaiting the Pies in Round 3, it appears to be the perfect time to let Jordan De Goey back off the leash.

by Staff Writer

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