The North Melbourne Kangaroos are apparently making a play to lure Jordan De Goey away from his spot with the Collingwood Magpies.
According to foxfooty.com.au, the Roos will table an offer of money in the neighbourhood of $750 large per season, give the Pies their first round selection in the next draft and throw in an established player.
De Goey is just 22, so he has a potentially long future ahead of him and his performance through nine rounds of the Toyota 2018 AFL Premiership competition has been the sort to make list managers salivate.
He has informed Collingwood that he does not want to discuss business until the middle of the season or later, that coming on the heels of two remarkable performances over the past three rounds.
The Roos have their sights on De Goey as they look to embrace a different philosophy in 2019, one that focuses on mid-sized ball winners, which would explain the pursuit of elite junior Tarryn Thomas.
North skipper Jack Ziebell would be more than open to the proposition, telling 3AW Sportsday, “I think we probably could (fit Jordan in) if he wanted to come across. At the end of the day, if you get the best players playing for you, then you’ve got more of a chance to win games of football and that’s what we are about.”
If nothing else, Ziebell has mastered the art of the sports cliché, maybe even elevated it to new heights.
It would almost seem as though the junior Thomas might be the more difficult acquisition. Rival clubs are well aware of his ability from his play for the Next Generation Academy. He was recently named the MVP of the Tasmanian under-18 academy.
De Goey, however, is a known entity, one that would warm the cockles of Roos supporters.
North tried to lure Dustin Martin, but they were unsuccessful in their bid to pry him away from Richmond.
As for De Goey, he will not lack for suitors, and as for the loyalty Jonathan Brown asks of De Goey toward the Pies, it would have to be pointed out, Loyalty, Schmoyalty.