Another suitor is said to be looming for Jordan de Joy.
In addition, a former player in the Ravens urged a failed star to move elsewhere.
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Cats are DE GOEY
Geelong has reportedly joined the list of clubs considering playing for Jordan de Guy.
SEN’s Sam Edmund reports that the cats are “currently debating whether to go after De Goey,” who remains on personal leave after being fined a suspended $25,000 and an apology for his actions in Bali, which was caught on camera.
The report says other clubs interested in De Goey include St Kilda, North Melbourne and Port Adelaide, with St Kilda looming as “the most likely destination if De Goey decides to leave Collingwood or if Pies are now happy to see him leave.”
The Cats are already enjoying the spoils of bargain recruiter who broke up with his former club, young striker Tyson Stingel.
Geelong coach Chris Scott spoke on this week’s AFL 360 show about De Joy’s position.
“I don’t know Jordan at all, but what I do know is that over the years in Geelong, we’ve had some success being really clear that we want the players to be themselves and have their characters shine – in a frame,” he said.
“Good culture in elite sports engagement doesn’t imply that 100 percent of players are ‘straight in the 180s.’ I think you need a few who push the boundaries.
“That’s what these high-performing players tend to be, these ultra-competitive players. Some of them are a little bit steep and they’re a management challenge, but I think you’d like that instead of getting away with it.”
“I’d definitely rather support these kinds of people than protect the brand first and foremost.”
EX-CROW urges Crouch to seek trade
Bryce Gibbs has urged former Adelaide Cruz midfielder Matt Crouch to seek a deal from the club after he was left out for the second time this season.
Crouch, the former best and fairest winner, was on the sidelines under Matthew Nix and was ruled out ahead of this week’s game against North Melbourne, despite having 31 dismissals last week against the Gold Coast – more than any player from the Suns.
Speaking on SEN SA, Gibbs said he saw echoes of his status at the club in what Crouch was currently going through.
“Matt Crouch fell again and gave me a little shiver, a bit of a déjà vu because it looks similar to what I had two years ago,” he said.
“Obviously he doesn’t know the ins and outs of their conversations he’s going to have with Nixie and the club, but it just comes off in my view and it looks like he’s on the outside, and once you’re on the outside, it’s very hard to come back in your favour.
“So Matt Crouch has some decisions to make for the rest of the year I think.”
Gibbs said that during his 37-game stint with the Ravens, conflicting reasons were given as to why he would stay some time outside the first team and he feared something similar could happen to Crouch.
He said: “If I was Matt Crouch, he signed a two-year contract in the summer that just ended (but) he was disqualified twice, I was looking forward to getting out if I was Matt Crouch.”
“It’s clearly not part of the rebuilding they’re doing.”
Tigers ‘big interest’ in the tiger
Tiger Liam Baker’s dual premiership is in the sights of West Coast Eagles, reports Western Australia.
Becker has grown into one of Richmond’s most important players since becoming a rookie in late 2018, playing in the Richmond Flags 2019 and 2020 before finishing second in the club’s best and fairest 2021 number.
The 24-year-old last year caused a one-year contract extension that tied him to the Tigers until at least the end of the 2022 season, and so far, he has not indicated that he would like to move clubs.
But Western Australia Friday night reported that the Eagles had “significantly signaled an interest” in Baker, who is in the midst of a career best campaign.
The report also indicated that Fremantle had some interest in Becker, but that the club’s curiosity would mainly depend on “other commercial results”.
Baker, who was recruited from Grace Lake in Washington, played 77 games for Richmond in five seasons on the roster.
CATS EYEING STAR FREE . Agent
Geelong has a strong interest in one of Angus Brayshaw’s biggest free game agents, according to reports. 7 Melbourne News.
The Premier Demon has been fantastic for his squad this season, playing primarily from half-back, averaging 25.3 dismissals per game and ranking among the top 10 in the NFL for marks and interceptions.
While teammate Luke Jackson has grabbed headlines as West Coast and Fremantle keep tabs on the budding rant, Brayshaw is still out of contract after this season and is one of the few free agents banned in 2022.
Asked after Thursday night’s win over Brisbane – in which Brayshaw starred with 29 dismissals – whether he will stay at Demons next year, Brishaw said cipher: “I bet you want to know. I realize not giving everyone the headline. But I love the club and I love my teammates. This is something that will take care of itself.”
Brayshaw has played 133 games for the Demons since being selected with Pick 3 in the 2014 National Draft.
PIES PONDER FOR GIANT
Collingwood is expected to race for Giants striker Bobby Hill at the end of the season Herald Sun.
The 22-year-old is still out of action as he continues to recover from successful surgery after being diagnosed with testicular cancer earlier this year. He is still hoping to return to the field during the latter stages of this season.
Hill late last year requested a deal away from the Giants – despite being contracted to the club – for family reasons, and nominated Essendon as his favorite. But the Giants held firm, Hill was wanted, as he reportedly declined an offer from the bombers that included a selection for the second round.
The Magpies at the time were also in the mix to land on Hill, although they were clearly second behind the Bombers as Hill’s cousin Courtney Ugle played for the Essendon VFL team.
The Herald Sun It reported on Friday that the expectation is that Hill will again order a trade to Victoria, with “magpies expected to launch a hunt.”
The difference this year is that Hill is not under contract with the Giants after 2022.
Collingwood has also been linked with out-of-contract key players Dan McStay (Brisbane) and Griffin Lugo (Fremantle).