Collingwood ruckman Brodie Grundy has lent his support to the AFL club’s decision to wait until Jordan De Goey’s trial in New York “unfolds” before letting him return to the fold.
The Magpies are still eyeing De Goey’s future as the star forward midfielder prepares for another court date next month.
De Goey, who was charged with assault, was fired by Collingwood shortly after an incident at a Halloween-themed party at the PHD Rooftop Lounge on October 30.
Grundy revealed on Monday that he has since contacted De Goey on several occasions to check on his teammate’s welfare.
De Goey is not allowed to travel to Collingwood headquarters and has looked for other ways to continue training, including time with local Bellarine Peninsula club Leopold, who are coached by the former Magpies assistant Garry Hocking.
Collingwood is unsure of staying with De Goey regardless of the outcome of the trial due to their concerns about his behavior over a long period of time.
âUntil things happen, I support what the club puts in place,â Grundy said.
âJordan is entering his eighth season now, he’s a professional and I think he’s going to be a boy big enough to be able to train away from the squad.
“It’s going to play out in the next five to six weeks.”
Collingwood has entered his first preseason under new coach Craig McRae and Grundy has said De Goey will be able to catch up if he returns before the start of the 2022 season in March.
âThere’s no reason Jordan can’t be perfected in the game plan and stuff like that,â Grundy said.
âIt’s going to be on him. It’ll be a challenge for Jordan to be able to maintain his conditioning and be able to come in.
“But I’m sure if and when that happens, he’ll be really desperate to try his best.”
Grundy spent over two months with his family in Adelaide during the off-season and lost around 3kg in an attempt to regain the kind of form that spawned all Aussie blazers in 2018 and 2019.
âI’ve refined myself, just trying to give myself the best opportunity to play my best football and I think it probably starts with a really good preseason and being as fit as possible,â said Grundy.
“One thing about (McRae) is that he doesn’t really put you in a box – he wants you to play with your strengths and he really encourages me to bring my flair and show what I’m doing. am good. “
Associated Australian Press