No reprieve for De Goey, Magpies coach Buckley says
NATHAN Buckley won't cut short Jordan De Goey's suspension for lying to the club about his broken hand despite calls to rush him into the team for Anzac Day.
"Any of that talk just doesn't understand the integrity of the footy club and the decision made by the leadership including the player leaders,” Buckley said Thursday.
"Jordan's going about earning that trust and he's got a couple of weeks of penance still to serve and he's doing everything right but he's not done yet.”
President Eddie McGuire backed the De Goey ban this morning, saying it is a matter of "principles”.
"You know what, one thing you don't give up is your principles ... that's their (player) rules,” he said on Triple M.
"If you give the players the line to set the standards and then you wobble because it's convenient ... well that flies in the face in a lot of the hard line of football.
"It doesn't have to be a conversation. A decision was made and that's it. If you do that - what do you stand for? Does any agreement matter- does anything matter?”
North Melbourne premiership player David King urged the Magpies to give De Goey an early reprieve to boost the team for its must-win clash against Essendon.
"I just think there's more at stake on Tuesday,” King told Fox Footy's AFL 360 on Wednesday night.
"I know they suspended Jordan De Goey for all the right reasons, but sometimes you've just got to say, 'Who cares what the world thinks? We've got to control our own destiny'.
"Buckley's job, in a lot of ways, is on the line. I just think Tuesday is too important to have a player like that - who is a Rolls-Royce, he's a goalkicker - (you need to) get him in the team.”
In more positive news, Buckley said Daniel Wells is on track to make his Collingwood debut on Anzac Day.
The former Kangaroo trained fully at the Holden Centre today and coach Nathan Buckley said that while there are still a few hurdles left to clear between now and Tuesday, signs are pointing to a Wells in black and white come the historic match.
"Wellsy pulled out of the VFL game fit and firing (last week),” Buckley said.
"He's got to get through a couple of training sessions, but we'll anticipate that he'll be fit to play and we look forward to getting him to wear the black and white stripes on Tuesday.”
Buckley said that he believes Wells coming in would only add to the Magpies, particularly given his ball use. But he is adamant that he will not be the "saviour” for Collingwood's woes.
"The reasons we brought him into the club ... one, he's a class player, and he's got a lot of experience,” he said.
"But he's a very good user of the footy and he's great around stoppages and he's great in forward half use and it just happens to be the area that we're falling down in particular at the moment.
"Daniel in isn't going to solve all of those ills, and we're doing a lot of work on it, but he won't hurt us, either.
"So we're looking forward to him coming in and doing what he does but at the same time we don't expect him to be the saviour in that regard.”
Buckley said Mason Cox was a chance to return to the team to provide an aerial target against the Bombers but there will be no fairytale Anzac Day debut for Josh Daicos.
"He's not ready ... he's shown some really good signs, but we're not at that point yet.”