Collingwood’s Jordan De Goey Suspended “Indefinitely” After Drink Driving

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Collingwood midfielder Jordan De Goey has been indefinitely suspended after being caught drink driving on Saturday night.

The 21-year-old P-plater blew 0.095 during an RBT in Port Melbourne at 8:25pm on Saturday night, and police have suspended his licence. This comes a year after he broke his hand in a bar fight in St Kilda, and was suspended for lying to the club about what happened (he said he’d busted it while playing with his dog).

Collingwood management handed down the indefinite suspension this morning. De Goey will no longer be considered for AFL selection until his peers and coaches are convinced that he’s made meaningful changes to his behaviour. He’s also been fined $10,000, and has offered to give another $10,000 to charity.

As part of the sanction, De Goey will have to find employment outside of the club for no less than four weeks. He’ll be allowed to train in the evenings with the Collingwood VFL squad during this time.

He’ll also be required to take on a “meaningful role” with a charity, and to abstain from alcohol until the end of the season.

While he’ll remain a senior listed player, the club has put strict rules in place for De Goey moving forward, including getting him to seek medical help to “improve his decision making“, and making changes to his social life.

Collingwood football boss Geoff Walsh said:

Jordan can have a long career with Collingwood if he commits himself wholly to his football but he could also have a very short career if he doesn’t.

The club, and particularly his teammates, want to see behavioural change. They need to be able to trust him and believe in him.

Jordan can win back the faith he has lost over a period of time and have a very good career if he honours all that he has agreed to today. He is telling us he wants to change. The time for talking is over.