Swanny’s advice for punished Pie
FORMER Collingwood champion Dane Swan believes Jordan De Goey's latest indiscretion could be the catalyst that sees him reach his full potential as an AFL player.
Swan, whose early career featured its share of off-field indiscretions, revealed he had spoken to former teammate De Goey since the 21-year-old was banished from the Magpies' senior squad.
The Magpies last month punished De Goey, fining him $10,000, forcing him to find employment and forcing him to train with the club's VFL team until he had "convinced his peers and coaches that meaningful change has occurred".
"I've spoken to him a little bit and given him my little bit of advice," Swan said.
"I probably come from a different angle than I guess most people at Collingwood because I've probably been there and done it, and probably done it a little bit differently to most.
"I had my opinions on it. What's done is done - you can't let that define you, you've got to let your football define you because in the end if he has a really good year no-one's going to remember what he did in January or February."
Swan joked he had "told him not to get caught" before suggesting De Goey's strife might see the penny drop for the former No.5 draft pick.
Saying he had "learnt the hard way as well", Swan believed his one-time teammate's latest setback could be the making of De Goey, who was learning a tough lesson.
"He's got to let his footy do the talking, he's got to work hard and earn back some trust which is very hard to do but from what I've heard - the little bits of information that are coming out of the footy club - he's really doing that," Swan said.
"He played really well in the intra-club the other week ... from what I've heard he's putting his right foot forward and looks set for sa big year when he finally gets back into the side."
Speaking on SEN, Swan said De Goey would eventually run out of chances - "unless he gets really good, then you get a few more" - but said he had early promising reports as the banned Pie tries to win his way back into senior contention.
Swan said De Goey had made "really one big blue", saying while last year's lie over a broken hand wasn't great it could be excused as a panicked player not wanting to get in trouble.
But De Goey is now learning the hard way and after some "robust discussions" at Collingwood, with Swan confident of a big year from the emerging midfielder.
"He's saying all the right things and doing all the right things at the moment but in the end he can say what he wants," he said.
"The proof will be in the next one, two, three, four, five years."