Former Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says Jordan De Goey is “on parole” at the Magpies, but believes the controversial star’s future is at the club.
De Goey has made headlines over the past week after videos emerged of him partying in Bali during Collingwood’s mid-season break, while vision shows a woman’s top being pulled, with the club condemning his antics and handing him a suspended $25,000 fine.
On Wednesday the Magpies revealed the 26-year old, who’s out of contract and yet to return to training, has been granted personal leave from the club and will miss its clash with the Giants on Sunday.
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It comes after De Goey cited an ADHD diagnosis for a reason behind his behavior in his written apology via the club statement.
Speaking on Channel 9, McGuire hoped to see De Goey re-sign with Collingwood.
“I believe he should stay at Collingwood now,” he told Channel 9’s Footy Classified.
“I hope my old club wraps its arms around him and that he gets a contract at the end of the year and he can set himself up to finish his career and to finish with something.
“He’s basically been put on parole by the Collingwood Football Club until the end of the year.”
The Magpies have put off contract talks with De Goey until the end of the season in the fallout from his Bali getaway and reportedly withdrawn a $3.4 million four-year offer — a two-year deal with a trigger for another two years on $800,000 a year .
Saints coach Brett Ratten confirmed De Goey’s name has been “brought up” as a target for his club, but that he would do ”homework” on any free agent who was potentially available.
McGuire said Collingwood was “hopeful” De Goey would be available for selection next week while hitting out at criticism towards the sanctions handed to the midfielder/forward.
“People are entitled to their opinion, but I think sometimes we can go a little bit hard in these situations,” he said on Channel 9.
“I was reading today people saying he didn’t have any punishment, let me give you the tip — he’s been punished.
“Some people might say, ‘so he should,’ — I’m not defending any of his actions by any stretch — but there is an element of fairness that comes into these type of things.
“For the mockery that was made about what is quite a serious medical situation, one he’s been addressing for a fair while, was pretty over the odds.
“He’s copped at least a $100,000-$200,000 haircut on his next negotiation — whether it’s at St Kilda who’ve been into him for a while or Collingwood or wherever he ends up.
“It’s been pretty tough on him… you saw that manifest it now with Collingwood announcing he won’t play.”