Collingwood great Tony Shaw has questioned the disciplinary standards at the Magpies after Jordan De Goey again found himself facing a club suspension for the second time in two years.
Brilliant youngster De Goey, who turns 22 next month, lost his licence for six months after being caught drink driving, with the Magpies saying club leaders would meet on Monday to determine a further course of action. He is not expected to be sacked by the club.
De Goey recorded a blood/alcohol reading of 0.095 on Beaconsfield Parade, Port Melbourne, at 8.25pm on Saturday. He notified the club immediately after the breathalyser reading.
It is understood he had been out with former school friends in Torquay and was dropped at his car in Port Melbourne to collect it on the way home, and believed he had sobered up enough during the journey back to Mebourne to be fit to drive.
The talented midfielder was suspended by the club last year for lying about how he broke his hand, claiming the injury happened while playing with his dog, when in fact it occurred in a bar fight. For that indiscretion he received a three-match ban – which kicked in only after he had recovered from the injury – and was fined $5000.
De Goey is likely to face another fine, a drinking ban and probable banishment to the VFL for a period to be determined. Last year’s suspension was made heavier for the fact he lied to the club, which was not the case this time around.
Premiership captain and former Pies coach Shaw said current coach Nathan Buckley was having little luck, and expected De Goey to be suspended for about six weeks.
“He might miss a third of the year probably. They normally give them six weeks. You can probably pre-empt what their penalties will be most of the time, and I think if that’s the case that will have to be it,” Shaw told The Age.
“You’re going to miss a good player.
“Nathan just can’t get it right at the moment. These blokes aren’t helping him, are they?
“You try to build trust and faith in them, and they do something like that. The clubs invest a fair bit in them.
“The kid is a pretty good player. I reckon he could be a star. So it’s a really disappointing thing. It’s just ridiculous.”
Shaw pondered whether the Pies’ systems were working well enough. The 2010 premiership skipper Nick Maxwell has recently returned to the club as leadership and culture manager.
“The other thing, it sort of comes back to the club a bit,” Shaw said.
“Are they disciplined enough, is their leadership stuff good enough? Nick’s just gone in there. He’d been pulling his hair out probably.
“His work probably hasn’t kicked in yet, but hopefully it will down the track, because they need it.”
De Goey’s latest indiscretion comes only months after fellow Pie Jamie Elliott was arrested and fined for urinating in public.
The No.5 draft pick in 2014, De Goey has played 50 senior games for Collingwood, and is out of contract at the end of the season.
He had hip flexor surgery last August but had begun to train strongly before a knock in December irritated the injury.
Earlier this month teammate Tyson Goldsack challenged De Goey to improve, saying he was “definitely not as fit as he could be”.