The risks surrounding a big contract for Jordan De Goey continue to mount, according to two AFL greats.
Plus some advice for a young Melbourne player with a huge call to make on his future.
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DE GOEY’S BARGAINING POWER TAKES HUGE HIT
Former AFL stars Leigh Montagna and Jordan Lewis believe Jordan De Goey’s “bargaining power is getting less and less” both at Collingwood and rival clubs after his actions in Bali.
De Goey is expected to meet with Collingwood upon his return from Bali and provide more detail surrounding a video of the 26-year-old mimicking a sexual act to the camera and another showing a tattooed hand attempting to expose a woman’s breast.
Speaking on Fox Footy’s First Crack, Montagna said De Goey’s latest off-field antics would be a warning sign for rival clubs that may be considering a play at the restricted free agent.
“It certainly puts more seeds of doubt in other clubs that were considering having a crack at him as a free agent and trying to get him to the football club,” he said.
“If there was already some concerns – whether it’s at board level or club level discussing do we or don’t we, what are the risks versus rewards – this just adds another layer to it. It might put a few clubs off.
“We know he’s a match-winner, we know he’s got high-level talent, he is a gun player in the competition, I do think that, but now maybe some clubs might think the risk is not worth the reward.”
Lewis, a four-time premiership Hawthorn player, said no teammates had traveled overseas during a mid-season break during his time at the club, with the only exception being Josh Gibson to see his then-partner in the United States.
The caveats that come with recruiting De Goey, Lewis said, could prove too off-putting.
“We’ve seen so many examples over the last five to 10 years when the game has become more system-based than individuals starring,” he said.
“There’s so many examples to say that one player cannot win you a premiership or change the way you go about it, but it can certainly impact the group. I think in this case the bargaining power is getting less and less.
“If I’m another club, if I’m a player at another club and involved in the leadership group and key decision makers, I don’t think I’d be looking at the Jordan De Goey situation.
“I think other clubs would be looking past the football side. You want to get people in – and I don’t know him admittedly – you want to get people in to build culture and understand that that’s the most important thing that leads to performance, and that’s the one question mark over him.”
YOUNG DEE’S EX-TEAMMATE OFFERS TRADE ADVICE
Luke Jackson’s former teammate Jordan Lewis has urged the out-of-contract young gun to stay at Melbourne and shun more lucrative offers from rival clubs.
Jackson is one of the game’s most high-profile out-of-contract players, with the 20-year-old drawing plenty of interest from his home state of West Australia.
West Coast premiership player Peter Sumich said this month he believes Fremantle have offered Jackson a seven-year, $10.5 million deal.
Speaking on Fox Footy’s First Crack, Lewis said Jackson’s decision is one of great importance.
“It’s a decision quite often that, if you haven’t got the right people around you, you can think short term,” he said.
“From previous experience and the lessons that were learned and stories that were told at Hawthorn primarily from Alastair Clarkson … Melbourne right now are clearly in the premiership window, Luke Jackson is a part of that, I would imagine if you’re a young player you want to continue to be a part of that.
“Can you then sacrifice a little bit of money to stay in a side that is clearly at the top echelon? I think long-term, whether it be your career or post career, opportunities will present themselves if you do decide to go that way.”
Lewis also warned of the pressures that can come from being traded on a big-money contract.
“If he decides to leave and goes to Fremantle on big money, we’ve seen players crumble under that big pressure as well, so you’ve got to work out all those things,” he said.
“From experience and speaking to players who have been through that, it’s a very hard decision but you can be rewarded if you do take the lesser option.”