Craig McRae says he wants Jordan De Goey to stay at Collingwood Magpies, Brayden Maynard, contract talks, latest trade news, rumours, whispers, St Kilda Saints

Collingwood coach Craig McRae says he would “love” Jordan De Goey to stay with the club after this season, amid uncertainty over the star player’s future.

De Goey was influential with 25 disposals, 10 disputed, one goal and nine cleanups in the Magpies’ thrilling seven-point victory over Melbourne on Friday night, a performance that McRae says was “his best game of the year”.

Collingwood attracted a $3.2 million contract offer to De Goey following his Bali exploits earlier this year and postponed contract talks with the star midfielder/striker until the end of the season as rival clubs including St Kilda Circle.

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And speaking of the Pies’ 11th straight win on Friday night, McRae hoped De Goey would renew his commitment to the club.

McRae hopes De Goey stays with the Pies (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)Source: Getty Images

“He’s a free agent. That is his right to explore his options. I speak authentically; I would like Jordy to stay. I would do it,” said the Magpies coach.

“That’s going to make a headline, but we’re just living in the moment and letting Jordy stay himself in our environment and make us better. Nights like tonight are good examples of his assets that make us better.

“I thought it was his best game of the year. I thought he was a star. I thought he really turned the game around.

“We couldn’t get the ball out of the central bounces, we got hit again there and he had a shrug and swagger to get out of traffic.”

It comes a week after De Goey was best-on-ground in Collingwood’s win over Port Adelaide, after returning from a three-game absence with a quad problem.

Teammate and good friend Brayden Maynard wanted to see the De Goey remain in black and white after 2023.

“He’s not going anywhere, I’ll take care of that. I haven’t talked to him about it yet, but I’m sure he will make the right decision,” he told Fox Footy after the game.

“If we want to leave, he will leave, but I’m in his ear right now. I just want the best for him, so I just have to be with him.”

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The 25-year-old’s contact negotiations are one of several big ticket items Collingwood must tackle in the run-up to an eventful off-season, with Brodie Grundy’s future also uncertain, as the Pies have been linked to the likes of Dan McStay, Tim Taranto and Bobby Hill.

De Goey has averaged the best 21.1 sales per game of his career this season, scoring 15 goals from as many games as he plays for arguably the most significant contract extension of his career.

St Kilda legend Nick Riewoldt thinks staying with the Magpies on a shorter deal is in his best interest to stay “on the edge” rather than take on a more lucrative offer elsewhere.

“I think that’s what you weigh up and the situation that will bring out the best in you,” he said on Fox Footy.

“If you’re on the brink and only having a two-year contract means you’re making really good decisions in terms of your career, then maybe that’s the best thing for him.

“Instead of just looking at big root financial and security, maybe playing on the edge might be the best alternative.”

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