GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 12: Fox Sports commentator Eddie McGuire looks on during the round two AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Fremantle Dockers at Simonds Stadium on April 12, 2015 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

McGuire responds to claims surrounding an early De Goey return

Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has rubbished suggestions made by David King on Fox Footy’s AFL 360 on Wednesday night, as King believed the Magpies should end the club-imposed suspension for Jordan De Goey and bring him in for ANZAC Day.

The 21-year-old put in a brilliant performance for Collingwood’s VFL side on the weekend, kicking three goals and collecting 26 disposals to lead his side to a two-point win over Coburg.

Chatting on Triple M’s The Hot Breakfast on Thursday morning, McGuire and co-host Luke Darcy spoke about King’s comments, but McGuire was quick to shut down the possibility of a return for De Goey.

“It’s an interesting question – if you let them off early does that undermine the whole culture of the club going forward?” asked Darcy.

“Do you reckon that was the decision that was made at the West Coast Eagles 10 years ago? ‘No, no, they’re playing well. We’ve got a Grand Final to win. Just do it’,” replied McGuire.

“Do you reckon we’d like to re-visit how we were handling things at the West Coast Eagles in those days?”

“David King – he’s a great bloke, a great colleague and a great friend of mine. He played in a different era in a team where it didn’t matter what you did on the weekend; as long as you got a kick.”

“It didn’t end that well either.”

“So I understand exactly what they’re saying. No one’s under more pressure than me or Nathan Buckley to try and get a win at Collingwood.”

“I was down there all day yesterday – I won’t sleep for another 2 days after all the coffees I’ve had (at football meetings).”

“But you know what, one thing you don’t give up is your principles.”

McGuire also backed the three-week ban for De Goey, given that it was the leadership group who handed down the punishment.

“That’s their rules,” he said.

“If you give the players the line to set the standards and then you wobble because it’s convenient… well that flies in the face in a lot of the hard line of football.”

“It doesn’t have to be a conversation. A decision was made and that’s it. If you do that – what do you stand for? Does any agreement matter – does anything matter?”

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