Out-of-contract Collingwood star Jordan De Goey has lengthy been linked with a potential transfer to St Kilda, and on Wednesday, Saints coach Brett Ratten went an extended approach to validating such suspicions.
The misbehaving 26-year-old was condemned by his membership on Tuesday for video that emerged of him partying and exposing a girl’s breast in Bali.
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De Goey additionally issued a press release of apology for his actions and was handed a $25,000 superb, which is suspended till the tip of the season, pending good behaviour.
Collingwood don’t at the moment have a contract supply on the desk for De Goey, although a potential four-year deal value upwards of $3 million had been mooted previous to his Bali dramas.
However the footballer’s newest indiscretions haven’t stopped Ratten from confirming the Saints should have their eye on the midfielder.
“He’s a name that’s been brought up, as has probably 15 others, maybe 20 others that are out (of contract). We look at everyone that is there as a free agent,” he advised reporters on Wednesday.
“Our club looks at all free agents in the competition – he’s one of those.
“With and all those free agents, we’ll be sitting down sort of maybe targeting one or two, if it’s possible.”
De Goey’s chequered historical past, which incorporates pleading responsible to second-degree harassment from an incident in New York late final 12 months, for which he marginally averted jail time, has prompted many to lift alarm bells about signing him.
Revered commentator Gerard Whateley even labelled him “unrecruitable”, whereas De Goey’s former coach Nathan Buckley warned that he “would not pay top dollar” for him.
That’s why Ratten tempered his response to questions round his membership’s curiosity within the Pies gun.
“We’d have to do our homework and have a look at exactly what has happened and take in all the evidence because as you (do when you) bring in any player, especially a player that’s from another club, you look at their on-field performance, and you look at what you’re trying to build as a football club and the culture and that as well,” Ratten mentioned.
“So, we take in both sides of the equation, and then we make decisions around there. We do assess everything; what they do on and off the field.”
Talking usually concerning the problem of respect in direction of others, Ratten mentioned the De Goey saga has been a “reminder for everybody”.
“I don’t think it’s just about players – I think it’s about society; you’re not allowed to just throw things willy nilly out there and be disrespectful to people and things like that, or call people names,” he mentioned.
“It doesn’t matter what it is; if you’re insulting somebody in some aspect, it doesn’t matter if you play AFL or work at the bank or a schoolteacher or just a mum at home. You don’t get the right to do that. And that’s the bigger message.
“It’s not about trying to target AFL footballers here – we’re trying to send a bigger message to the broader community about how we respect people.
“You don’t have a right to sit there and do some things that have happened on social media.”
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Earlier on Wednesday, Port Adelaide premiership participant Kane Cornes slammed the penalty – or lack thereof – handed to De Goey by Collingwood.
“I would have thought probably four games and a $10,000 fine (would be an appropriate penalty),” Cornes advised SEN.
“And to hear nothing — he hasn’t been sanctioned. Let’s cut the absolute crap — there is no fine, there is no penalty. So how seriously have they taken it?”
“I want to ask Collingwood: have they reviewed their processes that allowed Jordan De Goey to get on the plane?
“You’ve got a player who has been diagnosed with a behavioural issue in December, and all the issues that have gone on with him in his past, and he has come to you at the halfway point of the season when you get four days off – you don’t get three weeks — and he said, ‘hey I’m thinking about going to Bali. Do you think this is a good idea?’
“I want them to go back and review their processes. There was no mention of that from Mark Anderson — the absolute failing of the Collingwood Football Club to allow a player with a behavioural issue and the past indiscretions that he’s got to go overseas.
“To the point where his plane is delayed, and he misses training. Well that’s what happens when you’re overseas, that’s what you put yourself at risk at.
“Has Collingwood sanctioned themselves for letting him go? They’re not blameless in all of this … I think it’s comical the way that they’ve handled it.”
Brownlow medallist Gerard Healy was equally scathing in his evaluation of the Pies’ punishment to De Goey.
“Just in case there was any doubt about how serious the club thought this was, they handed him a ‘savage’ $25,000 fine. Well, sort of, because it’s suspended,” he advised Sportsday.
“Not for the rest of his days at Collingwood, not for four years if he signs, or even two years, but for eight weeks if they miss the finals and a week or two more if they play in September.
“Yep – suspended for a draconian 60 days.
“If Collingwood thinks he has badly wronged the club, as we just heard Mark Anderson say and his apology attests, then a suspended fine, given his recent history, simply doesn‘t wash. Doesn’t pass the glorious pub test.
“In fact, it doesn’t pass any test of punishment fitting the crime.”