Buckley hails De Goey return
Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley admits Jordan de Goey has been sorely missed after he made a stunning return to action against the Gold Coast.
De Goey has not played since round seven after undergoing surgery on his hand, but he was back with a bang, kicking four goals in the 22-point win over the Suns.
The victory booked the Magpies place in the finals, and with De Goey back fit, their chances of doing well have been given a huge lift.
Buckley has often played down the importance of being without injured players, saying it is up to the others to step in.
However even he admitted there is no replacing De Goey in this kind of form.
"I've said all along that personnel is not going to be the difference," Buckley said. "(It's) whether we play our system, and we're not waiting for the cavalry to come back, but when you see Jordy do his thing you understand how much we've missed.
"It's good to be able to see that evidence on the football field."
Buckley also singled out Mason Cox for special praise after the big forward kicked two goals and impressed throughout the
"I think he's just starting to look more likely and we saw that again tonight," Buckley said.
"He took a few marks late last week and his capacity to get on the end of a few tonight was good, and it just breeds confidence in his teammates to go to him more often and that makes a difference, no doubt."
Collingwood are priced at 22/1 to win the grand final.
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