Collingwood CEO comments on Grundy and De Goey’s Magpies futures

Collingwood CEO Mark Anderson has commented on Brodie Grundy’s future at the club.

Grundy’s name continues to swirl in trade circles despite being contracted until the end of the 2027 season.

The 28-year-old ruckman signed a monster seven-year deal worth around $1 million a season two years ago.

Anderson says the club’s salary cap is “under control” and that there won’t be a repeat of the fire sale that occurred at the end of 2020.

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sportsday co-host Gerard Healy asked: “So if you’ve got no (salary cap) pressure, why have you allowed the Brodie Grundy speculation to fester? Why don’t you just knock it on the head and say, ‘He’s our man, he’s playing’.”

Anderson replied: “We don’t need to.

“We understand there’s going to be a lot of speculation around and there is for a whole range of players.

“There’s speculation, it’s not our job to respond to speculation.

“Brodie is coming back after 15 weeks, he’s going to play in the VFL this week on Saturday and being out 15 weeks, all of our focus is on him coming back.”

Healy followed up: “So he’ll be playing at Collingwood in 2023?”

Anderson said in response: “Yeah well as you know he’s got a contract and committed to that. Clearly, anything that is changed would be his decision.

“We’ll have all of those conversations at the backend of the year in terms of what our list looks like and what our needs are.

“Now’s not the time for doing that.

“Brodie getting back and playing some great footy is our absolute focus.

“We’re a better team with Brodie in it, there is no doubt about that.”

Anderson also refused to guarantee Jordan De Goey’s future at the Magpies beyond 2022.

The 26-year-old comes out of contract at year’s end and is eligible for restricted free agency.

“We were really clear with Jordy at the time that we’d leave those conversations until the end of the year, and we will,” Anderson said.

“What I will say is he’s doing everything right, he’s prepared right, we’re looking forward to getting him back into the team.”

De Goey will return from injury for Collingwood’s match against Port Adelaide at the MCG on Saturday.


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