Pies hopeful De Goey will stay

11 October 2020 19:14:59 GMTPlus11

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says there is still plenty of negotiating to be done, but he is confident Jordan De Goey will stay with the Magpies.

The gun forward is out of contract and the Magpies risk losing him unless they can hammer out a suitable deal that matches his financial demands.

Rival AFL clubs are circulating and watching developments closely, and they could pounce if offered any encouragement.

Buckley says the one plus point weighing heavily in Collingwood's favour is the fact De Goey loves the club and would like to stay.

Even so, the money and length of contract has to be right for him to sign and Buckley hopes that can be hammered out in the very near future.

"We don't live in a vacuum. We're aware of the conversations that take place," Buckley said after Saturday night's 68-point loss to Geelong. "Jordy loves the club and he wants to be here.

"Elements of people on his side would like to see him remunerated as well as he possibly could, and we want him to be rewarded appropriately as well.

"That's what it comes down to. There still needs to be a monetary outcome that is satisfactory for both parties."

Buckley has admitted the Pies will be looking to strengthen in key areas during the Trade Period, but keeping star players is also crucial and the signing of De Goey would be the deal of the off-season.

Carlton are one of the clubs who are said to be keen, with some reports claiming talks have already started with De Goey’s representatives.

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