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Coach reveals star’s money-making agenda

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has revealed Jordan De Goey’s future will be motivated by money, saying the 24-year-old’s camp’s highest priority is the dollar figure that will accompany his next contract.De Goey remains uncontracted beyond 2020 and there were whispers during the week Carlton is chasing him during this year’s trade period.Watch the 2020 Toyota…

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley has revealed Jordan De Goey’s future will be motivated by money, saying the 24-year-old’s camp’s highest priority is the dollar figure that will accompany his next contract.

De Goey remains uncontracted beyond 2020 and there were whispers during the week Carlton is chasing him during this year’s trade period.

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The star midfielder/forward has previously indicated he is keen to re-sign with Collingwood — and Buckley is on the same page — but the Pies mentor suggested people around the young gun are most interested in chasing cash.

Buckley made the comments in a lengthy post-mortem on Collingwood’s season following a historic 68-point thrashing at the hands of Geelong in their semi-final on Saturday night.

“Jordy loves the club,” Buckley told reporters.

“He wants to be here. Elements of people on his side would like to see him remunerated as well as he possibly could and we want him to be rewarded appropriately as well. As we do with the other 44 players on the list for what they bring to the table.

“I think that is what it comes down to.

“There is no lack of belief in what the place does for him and the opportunities it provides — and the love and care and connection that he has to not only the club, but also his teammates.

“There still needs to be a monetary outcome that is satisfactory to both parties.”

Buckley also suggested he expects De Goey to talk to other clubs and explore the market.

Carlton has reportedly built up a war chest to chase big names this off-season. It has already secured rebounding defender Zac Williams from GWS on a monster long-term deal, while Essendon star Adam Saad wants out of the Bombers to join the Blues.

Footy legends Tim Watson and Garry Lyon led the speculation on breakfast radio during the week that Carlton had eyes for De Goey, claiming the Blues were “keen” on the talented youngster.

De Goey is negotiating with Collingwood without the assistance of an accredited manager, with reports claiming it is one of the reasons the deal with the Pies is being held up.

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Meanwhile, a shell-shocked Buckley was at a loss to explain his team’s capitulation just a week after recording one of Collingwood’s greatest ever finals win with a one-point victory over West Coast in Perth.

The Pies managed just one scoring shot in the first half against Geelong — their worst finals effort since 1960 — as they went to the main break trailing 9.6 (60) to 1.0 (6).

“It just looked like we couldn’t go and Geelong were a lot sharper than us,” Buckley said. “It was as comprehensive a loss that you’re going to see.

“At some point it looked like our players had just lost their hope to get the result.

“We fought it out in some shape or form but even that, we’re not gonna hang our hats on that. Geelong was far too good.

“It’s fair to say our board was red from one minute into the game for the rest of the game. Contested ball, ground ball, territory, positive territory turnovers, marks.

“The only way I can comprehend a result like tonight is that we had nothing more to give.”

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