Former Collingwood recruiter Matt Rendell is worried gun forward Jordan De Goey will never reach his full potential.
De Goey’s future has been the subject of much speculation in recent weeks, with the 24-year-old poised to re-sign with the Pies on a multi-year deal after previously being shopped around to opposition clubs.
He kicked just 14 goals from 10 games this year, largely struggling through the season with a finger injury.
Rendell said it was imperative De Goey put in the work during the upcoming off-season to ensure he begins 2021 fully fit and ready to reach his full potential.
“My biggest worry with Jordan is he’ll only get to 80 per cent of his true talent,” he said on AFL Trade Radio’s The Late Trade.
“He doesn’t need to do much more to get to 100 per cent, he needs to have a massive pre-season and turn up in ripping condition.
“He’s a star player, he needs to play more in the midfielder and needs to contribute on the footy field for longer.
“His best is brilliant, and I’m worried he’s wasting it a little bit.”
Rendell said it was imperative Collingwood looks to lock in their existing uncontracted young talent on the back of Darcy Moore’s recent contract extension.
“The biggest things they needed to get done is sign Darcy Moore and Jordan De Goey – they’ve re-signed Moore and I’m hearing De Goey is going to re-sign for two years,” he said.
“They need to sign Brody Mihocek badly ... they need to keep everyone they’ve got basically.”