Another lover threatens for Jordan De Goey.
Plus, a former Crows player has urged a fallen star to go elsewhere.
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CATS SEE THE GOEY PLAY
Geelong has reportedly joined the list of clubs considering a play for Jordan De Goey.
Sam Edmund of SEN reports: the Cats are “currently debating whether to pursue De Goey,” who will remain on personal leave after being given a $25,000 suspended fine and apologizing for his actions in Bali, which were caught on camera.
Other clubs interested in De Goey, the report says, include St Kilda, North Melbourne and Port Adelaide, with St Kilda looming as “the most likely destination if De Goey decides to leave Collingwood or if the Pies are now happy for him.” to see you leave.”
The Cats are already enjoying the loot of a bargain that has parted ways with his former club, small striker Tyson Stengle.
Geelong coach Chris Scott spoke on AFL 360 this week about De Goey’s situation.
“I don’t know Jordan at all, but what I do know is that over the years at Geelong, we’ve had some success in being very clear that we want players to be themselves and for their personalities to shine through — within a box,” he said.
“A good culture in a top sports engagement does not mean that 100 percent of the players are ‘straighty 180s’. I think you need some that push the boundaries.
“Those are those high performers, those very competitive players. Some of them are a little tense and a management challenge, but I think you want that rather than shy away from it.
“I would definitely prefer supporting those kinds of people rather than protecting the brand in the first place.”
EX-CROW URGES CROUCH TO LOOK FOR TRADE
Former Adelaide Crows midfielder Bryce Gibbs has urged Matt Crouch to leave the club after being ousted for the second time this season.
Crouch, a former best and fairest winner, was on the margins to Matthew Nicks and was dropped for this week’s game against North Melbourne, despite having 31 sales against Gold Coast last week – more than any Suns player than also.
Speaking to SEN SA, Gibbs said he saw echoes of his own situation at the club in what Crouch was currently going through.
“Matt Crouch fell again and it gives me a little bit of shivers, a little bit of déjà vu because it’s like what I went through a few years ago,” he said.
“Obviously he doesn’t know the ins and outs of their conversations he would have with ‘Nicksy’ (Nicks) and the club, but it smells from my point of view and it looks like he’s on the outside, and once you If you are on the outside it is very difficult to regain the advantage.
“So Matt Crouch has a few decisions to make for the rest of the year, I think.”
Gibbs said that during his 37-game stint with the Crows, he was given conflicting reasons as to why he was spending time outside of the seniors and fears something similar might happen to Crouch.
“If I was Matt Crouch, he signed a two-year deal over the summer that’s just over (but) he’s been dropped twice, I’d try to get out if I was Matt Crouch,” he said.
“He’s clearly not part of this rebuild they’re talking about.”
EAGLES’ ‘IMPORTANT INTEREST’ IN TIGER
Baker has developed into one of Richmond’s key players since he was hired as a rookie in late 2018. He played in the Richmond flags in 2019 and 2020 before taking second in the club’s best and fairest tally of 2021.
The 24-year-old secured a one-year contract extension last year that tied him to the Tigers until at least the end of the 2022 season, and so far he has not indicated his intention to move clubs.
But The Western Australian reported Friday night that the Eagles had “significant interest” in Baker, who is in the midst of a career-best campaign.
The report also suggested that Fremantle had some interest in Baker, but that the club’s curiosity would be based primarily on “other trading results”.
Baker, who was called up from Lake Grace in WA, has played 77 games for Richmond in five seasons on the list.
CATS EYEING STAR FREE AGENT
Geelong has significant interest in one of the game’s largest free agents in Angus Brayshaw, reports 7 News Melbourne†
The Demon premiership has been outstanding for his side this season playing mainly against half-backs, averaging 25.3 disposals per game and ranking in the top 10 players in the AFL for markings and possession interception.
While teammate Luke Jackson has made headlines as West Coast and Fremantle keep an eye out for the upcoming ruck, Brayshaw will remain out of contract after this season and will be one of the few 2022 restricted free agents left.
Asked after Thursday night’s win over Brisbane – in which Brayshaw played with 29 disposals – if he would stay with the Demons next year, Brayshaw told CODE: “I bet you’d like to know. I’m aware that I’m not going to kill everyone. But I love the club, I love my teammates. That goes without saying.”
Brayshaw has played 133 appearances for the Demons since being selected with Pick 3 in the 2014 national draft.
PIES PONDER PLAY FOR GIANT
The 22-year-old is sidelined as he recovers from successful surgery after contracting testicular cancer earlier this year. He continues to hope for a return to the field during the latter stages of this season.
Hill requested a trade with the Giants late last year – despite being contracted with the club – due to family reasons, nominating Essendon as his destination of choice. But the Giants stood firm. Hill was needed, reportedly turning down an offer from the Bombers that included a second round draft pick.
The Magpies were also in the mix to land Hill at the time, although they were a clear second behind the Bombers when Hill’s cousin Courtney Ugle played for Essendon’s VFL side.
The Herald Sun reported on Friday that Hill was expected to ask for a trade with Victoria again, with the Magpies “expected to give chase”.
The difference this year is that Hill will not have a contract with the Giants after 2022.
Collingwood has also been linked with off-contract key players Dan McStay (Brisbane) and Griffin Logue (Fremantle).
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