Collingwood great Tony Shaw says there is no reason why Jordan De Goey cannot do a “Dusty” and have a stunning breakout season in a contract year.
De Goey, who has frustrated Magpies officials through the years by not keeping in shape during the off-season, has spent time during his official leave period training hard at The W Training Facility in southern California under his Monster Energy partnership.
Video has been posted of him completing resistance training, box jumps and balance drills while perched on a moving board and wielding battle ropes.
This comes ahead of a crucial pre-season and season for the midfielder-forward who, at 25, will be off contract and a free agent, and will be eying the most lucrative deal of his career.
Tigers superstar Dustin Martin took his game to a new level in 2017 at the same age as De Goey is now, when his gold-plated campaign led to a seven-year contract worth between up to $1.3 million annually.
Shaw said there was no reason De Goey could not produce a career-defining campaign similar to what Martin had done.
Jordan De Goey is training in California this off-season.Credit:Getty Images
“Of course, he [De Goey] could do that. Hopefully the penny has dropped,” Shaw said on Monday.
“You only get so many chances in this game. He has had a few issues off field that we all know about. If he pulls his head in that way, he can be an out-and-out star, but he has a lot to do, of course, to get to Dusty’s level. But he has the capability because of the power and he can go forward like Dusty and do what he has to do there.”
De Goey is entering what should be in the prime of his career, and it appears the years of returning to pre-season training overweight and underdone may be over.
Martin produced arguably the greatest individual season of all time in ’17 when he was the Brownlow and Norm Smith medallist in a premiership year.
Suggesting De Goey will replicate the same team and individual success appears unrealistic, particularly as the Magpies are rebuilding under new coach Craig McRae. But he does boast similar power and game smarts to Martin, and can be a consistent midfield or forward match-winner should he be fit and his mindset right, having frustrated teammates earlier this year.
“I think they [Magpies] are going to push him in the midfield more [in 2022] and go with a few more taller targets at the other end,” Shaw said.
After an indifferent start to the 2021 season when Nathan Buckley was in charge, De Goey was used more in the midfield under caretaker coach Robert Harvey, and averaged 29 disposals, four clearances and five inside 50s in his last nine games. This included 34 touches in a win over the West Coast Eagles. He finished fourth in the best and fairest.
“Sometimes, something clicks. I was lucky enough to train under a bloke like Ray Giles who was a boxing coach and we used to have these sessions that were tortuous. I thought I was fit until I trained with Ray Giles. It taught you what your body can do,” Shaw said.
“It sometimes takes blokes too long to get there and then their opportunity might be gone. But when you have his [De Goey’s] ability, they will hang in there with you because you have super ability. He will get more chances than someone else who can’t play, of course. That’s the way it is. But, sooner or later, the discipline problem, if they keep going, the club gets a bit weary of it and might think it can do better with someone else.”
Magpies football-department boss Graham Wright said he had opened contract negotiations with De Goey’s management.
De Goey signed a two-year deal in 2020, worth close to $800,000 a year, according to industry sources, having approached Carlton about a move there.
In 2018, he was offered a five-year, $5 million deal by North Melbourne, after Martin had spurned the Kangaroos’ offer.
Industry sources said the Magpies and De Goey have much to weigh up in contract negotiations. While there has been a growing trend of clubs handing out bumper, long-term contracts – Demon Christian Petracca signed a year-deal this season, while Giant Josh Kelly opted in for eight years – a school of thought is that De Goey may fall in the Jake Stringer category and be best served with an incentivised three-year deal. Stringer, the Essendon midfielder-forward, re-signed in July after backing himself to deliver in a contract season.
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