De Goey back at Pies, Neale remains a lion, Ryder tells bar snitch to ‘show your face’

Jordan De Goey has ended his personal leave from Collingwood and could play in the Magpies’ 16th round AFL game with Gold Coast.

The controversy-plagued star returned to the club’s AIA Cente headquarters on Tuesday, potentially putting him in the Magpies’ roster to face the Suns at Metricon Stadium on Saturday night.

De Goey was given personal leave from the club on Wednesday after the Magpies confirmed they had scrapped a lucrative four-year deal for the 26-year-old free agent.

It came as De Goey processed the consequences of his fateful trip to Bali.

De Goey apologized for his “disrespectful” behavior during the Magpies’ farewell round after the vision was posted on social media last week.

He also revealed that he had been diagnosed with ADHD and promised to make changes to ensure he stays out of trouble.

The dynamic midfielder missed Sunday’s win against GWS, pushing Collingwood back into the top eight.

Magpies coach Craig McRae said last week he was not sure exactly why De Goey was away from the club and had contacted him a day before his pre-match press conference but had received no response.

Lachie Neale of the Lions passes the ball by hand.

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Neale expands with Lions

Star AFL midfielder Lachie Neale has re-affiliated with the Brisbane Lions until the end of 2026, dispelling any speculation he could return to Fremantle.

Despite being contracted until the end of the 2023 season, the Lions have confirmed that Neale has signed a new three-year deal.

Neale considered it a shock to return to the Dockers for family reasons last season when the Western Australia border was closed due to COVID-19 issues.

The 29-year-old was forced to speak publicly after a few intense days of speculation when a report on his future was released in September last year.

Neale revealed in March that he was having “some minor discussions” with his wife Jules, who is originally from Perth, about seeking a trade back to Fremantle.

He made 135 appearances for the Dockers between 2012 and 2018, winning the club’s Doig Medal twice.

But now that Australia travel has returned to normal, Neale and his young family are much more settled in the Queensland capital, as the third-placed Lions try to win their first premiership since 2003.

“The goal is definitely to keep a cup high in a Lions Guernsey,” Neale said.

“The guys are really hard-working people trying to make themselves better and we’ve struck a really nice balance.

“The team’s will to improve and get better is first class and I feel we are ready for a really continued successful period.

“I’d love to hold up more than one (cup), but I’d love to take one.

“We’ve come a long way and we have a group ready to go and we have some experience in finals now.”

Neale is right to add a second Brownlow Medal to the one he claimed in 2020.

Lions football boss Danny Daly was delighted that Neale would stay for at least four more seasons.

“Players like Lachie Neale don’t come around every day, so for him writing pen to paper is a huge moment for the Brisbane Lions and a very exciting time for us,” said Daly.

“Since the day Lachie arrived at the club, he has been a fantastic player on the pitch, awarded a Brownlow Medal, but he has also been extremely valuable in what he takes us off the pitch.”

Paddy Ryder lashed out at whoever claimed he was involved in an argument in the bar with St Kilda team-mate Bradley Hill to “show your face and give yourself a name”.

St Kilda has confirmed that Ryder and Hill were involved in a verbal altercation, but denied reports that the star couple had been left out of the AFL team for disciplinary reasons last week.

“I was not involved in any altercation that has come through the media tonight. Just want to make that clear. If anyone has anything else to say, please come forward, show your face and name yourself. I will wait. Good night everyone,” Ryder posted on social media.

The Saints said Monday night that Ryder and Hill were part of a “verbal exchange and altercation” with fellow beneficiaries at a location in Mordialloc. A third player was also present.

The incident took place on the Saturday after Friday night’s defeat to Essendon in round 14. Ryder and Hill both played in that match, but missed the round 15 match with Sydney at the SCG last Saturday night.

Ryder was listed as “managed” and Hill was sidelined for “personal reasons”. The Saints said reports that the couple was left out for disciplinary reasons are “false”.

“After a verbal exchange and disagreement with fellow patrons, all three left the venue without a fight,” the club said in a statement.

As previously communicated by the club, this incident did not affect the roster with Ryder missing due to ongoing management and Hill for personal reasons meaning he was unable to train on both Monday and Tuesday and was unable to perform his duties. to take its place.” side against the Swans.”

The Saints (8-6) have dropped to 10th on the ladder after three consecutive losses.

Saturday’s 51-point defeat was the worst of the season in St Kilda, with the heavy defeat killing coach Brett Ratten.

Ryder and Hill are two of St Kilda’s key players, and it remains to be seen whether they will be pushed back to the side for Friday night’s crunch clash with Carlton at Marvel Stadium.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALI - NOVEMBER 18: Brad Hill and Paddy Ryder run during a St Kilda Saints AFL Pre-Season Training Session & Media Opportunity at Moorabbin Athletics Track on November 18, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Brad Hill and Paddy Ryder. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Kangas boss calls for patience

North Melbourne president Sonja Hood admits the AFL club’s record streak of heavy defeats is “deeply concerning” and a source of growing frustration.

Hood pleaded for patience in a letter to Kangaroos members on Monday night, as veteran administrator Geoff Walsh embarks on an overhaul of the club’s football department.

It comes amid mounting pressure on coach David Noble and his support staff, as well as the playing squad, following Sunday’s 57-point thrashing from Adelaide.

The result was the Kangaroos’ 12th consecutive defeat, leaving them anchored at the bottom of the ladder, a win and a percentage adrift of the West Coast.

North’s average losing margin during the active series is 59 points and they are the first team in AFL/VFL history to lose 10 consecutive games by 40 points or more.

“When I wrote to members after round 8, I expressed my frustration with our football performance up to that point,” Hood wrote in Monday night’s letter, which was posted on the club’s website.

“That frustration, shared by our club, has grown as the season has progressed.

“By round 15, with no discernible improvement, the patience of our supporters and members has, understandably, been exhausted.


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“We always knew this year was going to be difficult, but the magnitude of our losses is very worrying.”

Hood met on Monday with Walsh, who has a month in North Melbourne to determine what works and what doesn’t within the football department.

A summary of Walsh’s findings will be released to members.

“He will bring 30 years of industry experience and will ensure objectivity and deeper analysis of our operations while those in the football department go about their day-to-day duties,” Hood wrote.

“In the meantime, we ask for your patience with the process and support for our staff and players who are working as hard as they can to turn this around,” Hood wrote.

The kangaroos face a tough call to break their losing streak as they take on second-seeded Geelong at GMHBA Stadium on Saturday.

Stewart-Prestia debate rages on

AFL coaches Michael Voss and Matthew Nicks oppose the introduction of a sin box or a sentencing rule as the debate rages on after Tom Stewart’s brutal punch to Dion Prestia.

Geelong defender Stewart was charged with rough behavior and will learn his sentence for rough behavior through a virtual hearing on Tuesday evening.

He risks a suspension of at least four games.

But the incident, in which Richmond midfielder Prestia suffered a concussion and was unable to continue in Saturday’s game, has sparked renewed calls for stronger immediate penalties for major indiscretions on the pitch.

Suggestions include sending the offender away for the rest of the match or serving a period.

“If you go back 20 or 30 years, maybe there was a need,” Nicks told Fox Footy.

“We don’t have a lot of characters in the game right now that intentionally go out and take people into a game of footy.

“That’s why it (the Stewart-Prestia incident) might have played out the way it did that night.

“I didn’t mean to, I may not want to comment too much about this incident, but I’m not sure if now is the time to (change the rules).

“We no longer have the assassins in the game. The game has cleaned itself up and I think players are now playing fair.

“If we rarely see one of these, the last thing we need is a rule that we’re wrong and make a decision to take a player out of a game, which changes the course of that game.”

Voss agreed that a sin box or eviction rule is not necessary, arguing that the substitution rule mitigates a player’s loss to injury from an action like Stewart’s.

“We put the sub there for a reason,” Voss also told Fox Footy.

“There’s a process that if someone gets injured, you therefore have to have someone else come on the pitch, so it’s still fair.”

Stewart has admitted he is “at the mercy of the tribunal” and has said he will accept any suspension Tuesday night.