Jordan De Goey’s former coach Nathan Buckley says the Collingwood star should accept whatever offer the Magpies put in front of him as new reports emerged about how the AFL club is viewing the star forward’s conduct in Bali.
De Goey has a history of off-field indiscretions and has been heavily criticized as footage emerged of his interaction with a female after he decided to jet overseas for a break during the bye round.
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Collingwood has repeatedly stood by the 26-year-old and Buckley said he should repay the Pies’ faith, even if it means forsaking extra money.
Buckley’s advice comes amid reports Collingwood pulled a deal worth $3.2 million off the table following the Bali scandal, leading to speculation other clubs could prosecute De Goey.
“Collingwood should not pay top dollar for Jordan De Goey,” Buckley told SEN’s Whatley.
“I think they should offer him what they’re prepared to pay him and that he should just accept that and say, ‘Thank you for your support, for your guidance and understanding as I try and navigate my life to go from being a young man who has made some blues to being a better contributor and better person’.
“I still think that if the club chooses to continue with him, I think that should be their parameters that they continue with him on. I think Jordy should be pretty thankful if that occurs.
“He’s still a young guy but he’s got to make better decisions and he’s got to decide to put people around him that are going to help him make better decisions.
“I’m really uncomfortable right now, I have to declare that, because I think in isolation what Jordy did is not a hanging offence. But when you put it against his past, when you put it against the situation that the club was in, in a really positive space, to make the decision to go to Bali, at the time it should have had red flags all over it.
“In retrospect it clearly was a bad decision.”
Collingwood has yet to comment publicly on the incident but De Goey himself issued a statement blaming the media for the storm that has erupted over his situation. He took aim at media outlets for “the relentless pursuit and persecution of athletes” to “create an uneducated, bias and ill-informed narrative that has gone too far”.
The woman alongside De Goey in the video, Remy Jackson, also spoke out in defense of the AFL star on social media on the weekend.
“Hey everyone, I can’t believe the backlash towards Jordy and myself over here in Bali … nothing to see here,” Jackson posted on her Instagram story.