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Following a catalogue of off-field issues in recent years, Jordan de Goey seems as if he may have turned the corner. His five-goal and 20-disposal game against Brisbane was a career-best for the former pick number five, and warmed the hearts of Magpie fans as he put all of his talent on show to produce a match-winning effort.
Although the incline of maturity for de Goey has been promising since his drink-driving indiscretion in the off-season, Nathan Buckley has emphasised that his transformation is far from complete, and that the 22-year-old is still in the process of earning respect back from his teammates. As such, Collingwood and de Goey have mutually agreed that rushing into contract negotiations would be irresponsible for both parties, as the relationship is still developing.
Only naturally, rival clubs have signalled their interest in the out-of-contract star, most notably St Kilda. The Pies clearly rate de Goey extremely highly, with recruiting manager Derek Hine stating that “the sky is the limity for him.” Hine has also noted the Magpie’s statistical similarity to Dustin Martin at a similar age to quantity his potential.
Before the issue in the preseason, many SuperCoaches had de Goey pencilled into their starting forward line as a bargain potential breakout option. Despite the disappointment in him missing the opening three rounds of the season, is it now time to reconsider the blossoming Magpie?
At $413,300, the forward is very affordable and his most recent score of 123 suggests that his value should begin to rise in the coming weeks. It must also be noted that de Goey was affected by a hamstring complaint late in the preseason which may have impacted on his ability to be at his explosive best in his first few games. Now that he has picked up some match fitness, he looks set to explode.
The Pies also have an extremely favourable draw in the coming weeks, with Sunday’s game against Geelong being followed up by clashes with St Kilda, the Bulldogs and Fremantle, all of which are in Melbourne.
Although de Goey is only going to get better, the main concern over his as a fantasy prospect is the amount of time he is spending in the forward half. Following his match-winning performance on the weekend, it seems probable that he will continue to be used predominantly as an avenue to goal rather than a major ball winner.
Despite this, if the youngster can showcase his full ability, there is no reason he cannot average 90+ for the remainder of the season, and make himself a valued member of your fantasy side.