Collingwood coach Craig McRae says he is unsure whether Jordan De Goey will play again for the Magpies, as he revealed the 25-year-old is set to return to Australia this month.
- Collingwood player Jordan De Goey was arrested in New York in late October
- De Goey is set to return from the US later this month
- Magpies coach Craig McRae says it is a “little bit premature” to suggest De Goey will return to training at Collingwood
De Goey is in the United States, having been arrested in New York last month after an alleged incident at a rooftop bar.
Police charged De Goey with groping a 35-year-old woman, however prosecutors are not pursuing that charge.
De Goey is still facing assault offences after being accused of punching and kicking a 37-year-old man.
He has pleaded not guilty and is due before court on December 8.
De Goey — who initially went to the US in October for an off-season training camp in California — has been stood down by Collingwood from all duties.
McRae spoke to media on Monday after overseeing the Magpies’ AFL squad’s return to preseason training.
He said he could not guarantee De Goey would rejoin the playing group for the 2022 season.
“Time will tell on that, there’s a bit to play out,” McRae said.
“But one thing I will say is [I’m] just touching base with Jordy regularly to make sure he’s OK.
“Over my journey working with some great coaches, I’ve learnt that you just want to make sure the person’s OK and care for the person first.”
The Magpies will wait for the legal process to play out before making a decision on whether to permanently sever ties with De Goey, who has played 118 senior matches with the club.
“One thing I’ve probably [learned] — over this period in particular — is to just be patient and let the facts come before you pass judgement,” McRae said.
“I’ll just let that take its own course, but [I’m] more concerned about Jordy’s wellbeing.
“I’ve just been touching base with him regularly and I know he’s training hard over there now.
“I think he’s sort of coming to terms with everything but I won’t go into full detail about everything that we spoke about.”
McRae was asked whether De Goey was still welcome at Collingwood.
“At the moment, I’m making sure that, when the opportunity presents — if it presents — that Jordy will feel well-supported,” he said.
“I want all our players, not just Jordy, to feel that I’ve got their back and show the love and support where it’s needed.”
McRae said he did not know the exact details around De Goey’s return to Australia, but believed he would be back before the end of November.
Earlier this month, De Goey released a short statement in which his US-based lawyer Jacob Kaplan said the player “intends to vigorously defend himself against these unwarranted charges”.