Jordan de Goey’s manager Ben Niall says he is working on getting a deal done to keep the electric forward at Collingwood, and only a “godfather offer” would lure him away.
After some off-field indiscretion’s, the former number five draft pick has reached a rich vein of form this season and is increasing his value by the game.
Niall praised Collingwood for working with de Goey to get him in a good headspace and that has contributed to the youngster wanting to remain with the Pies.
“If he can stay, we’d obviously like to be able to facilitate that,” he told SEN Breakfast.
“We hope we can get it done with the Pies.
“Fundamentally, he’s been in an environment that’s been really good for him.
“He’s been challenged and supported in a great way, the club has been really good with him.”
While de Goey wants to stay at Collingwood, nothing is set in stone yet and a club could still swoop in with an unrefusable offer.
“If he gets a godfather offer then what do you do? We’re not looking to leave, we’re going to have the conversation with Collingwood and we’ll try and get a deal done,” Niall said.
“We’ve also got to be realistic that if there’s a big gap between offers, then we’ve got to have a look at it.”
One of the major roadblocks to locking the 22-year-old away is working out his worth.
“The market tells you what he’s worth and there’s a price to leave and a price to stay, so we always agreed with the footy club that by the middle of the year so in the next couple of weeks we’ll sit down and just start a conversation,” Niall said.
“I’ve talked to enough clubs and gotten an indication of the sort of offers that are out there and then there’s two dimensions, you can make a great offer for a player, but what’re you going to do to get the deal done?”
After the interview Garry Lyon said Collingwood supporters should be thrilled about what they heard from Niall.
“If I’m a Collingwood supporter, I am almost getting the pipe out this morning listening to that. I am absolutely confident he’s staying,” he said.