The 2022 Finals Series were almost the coming of age for Jordan de Goey, as his Magpies pushed the two eventual Grand Finalists to the edge of elimination.
His previous twelve months, it is fair to say, had not been his best. Embroiled in several controversies (one of them a complete beat up), de Goey found himself the subject of newspaper columns and talkback radio topics for all the wrong reasons. Hwever, through the first two finals of 2022, he was in the discussions for all the right ones.
With 26 touches and two goals, splitting time between the midfield and forward 50, he was one of the Pies’ best against the eventual premiers. A week later, he was right up there again, as his 24 touches and a goal helped power the Magpies past the Dockers and into the Preliminary Final.
Sadly, that is where the run ended, for both the Pies and de Goey, himself. A disappointing game by his increasingly lofty standards saw him collect just 12 touches, as Collingwood fell just one point short of a Grand Final berth. However, astute followers of the game know that a player is better than just his last game, and in big moments in the back half of what was a remarkable season for Collingwood, Jordan de Goey stood up.
But how high can he climb?
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