Jordan De Goey’s manager, Ryan Vague, says the Collingwood star does not have a drinking or anger management problem despite his willingness to educate under the agreements of his legal case in the United States. United.
The 25-year-old’s court cases stemming from an incident at a New York bar last year were resolved over the weekend after he pleaded guilty to a charge of second-degree harassment, considered as a violation and not as a crime. All other charges were dropped.
With this, De Goey consented to undergo 10 alcohol treatment and anger management counseling sessions in addition to club-imposed orders to work with the Salvation Army.
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It ended a three-month saga which saw De Goey return to Collingwood last week after a three-month exile as legal cases unfolded as he trained solo away from the club.
And now, ahead of a crucial 2022 season where the contractless magpie can enter free agency, Vague said De Goey is determined to redeem himself from his latest mishap and regain confidence in Collingwood, as he no longer anticipate. club penalties.
“He will comply and meet the AFL, but at this point everyone is comfortable, in some ways, with his withdrawal penance and the time away from the football club is enough,” Vague told SEN. Dwayne’s World.
“There are still additional things in place for Jordan to do and respect, but I don’t see any additional sanctions coming and we have all come to this point (in) agreement.
“I know with the charges (from New York) there was a bit of alcohol (involved) and the anger stuff that comes from the (education) sessions he had to do. He will follow this education and will be very docile, and will be willing to do so.
“He doesn’t have a drinking or anger management problem, but he’s willing to get that education.
“At this point we don’t see Jordan imposing an alcohol ban on himself, but if the time comes and he thinks it would be better for him, he could do it. But at this point, from all parties , we don’t see that as a problem.”
De Goey is entering a defining year after the best streak of his career when he was inserted into midfield halfway through the 2021 season, averaging 29 eliminations per game from rounds 13-23.
It ended with him finishing fourth in the Best and Fairest of the Magpies – his highest Copeland Trophy result.
And despite inconsistent form throughout his 118-game career, all signs pointed to De Goey continuing his blistering form into 2022 and even reaching new heights, which Vague was confident he could still do.
“We’d like to say we could forget the last three months… he really wants to have a great 2022 and I still think the best version of Jordan De Goey will be this coming year,” he said.
“He is completely committed to this, as is the football club to pull this from him, hopefully he can get better and better on the back of last year and really prove himself.”
Vague even believed that De Goey was capable of being the best player in the competition.
“I really think he wants to be. Jordan can be anything Jordan wants to be,” he said. “I know the club is very strong in what Jordan can give them.
“He’s shown some brilliant glimpses of putting him in that upper echelon of players, but (his) consistency probably hasn’t been there, but I wouldn’t put a cap on that.
“I would love to have a mid-season situation where you say, ‘He flies and is in contention for Brownlow,’ but he just needs to work hard, put it together more consistently.”