Saints board asks about De Goey pursuit

St Kilda mentor Brett Ratten promises the club board’s questioning the pursuit of controversial AFL totally free agent Jordan De Goey is standard treatment.

The board has questioned for far more information and facts from the soccer department just after the Saints expressed interest in recruiting De Goey.

The Collingwood star’s future is up in the air right after the Magpies withdrew a worthwhile deal offer you amid the fallout from his ill-fated mid-period trip to Bali.

De Goey is a restricted free of charge agent and could be on the transfer soon after taking part in 132 games for Collingwood because his debut in 2015.

St Kilda’s board wishes to be certain De Goey would be the correct in shape before ticking off any list management moves for the 26-calendar year-aged.

De Goey has occasionally identified himself in the headlines for the erroneous explanations, which include being arrested for his involvement in a drunken incident in a New York club past Oct.

Ratten said the board’s questioning of the football section was not unheard of.

“Like all no cost brokers, we look into everyone, primarily when you happen to be bringing a high-profile participant in,” he instructed reporters at Moorabbin on Wednesday.

“I assume all boards inquire for information and facts, it truly is not different at our footy club to other footy clubs.

“It isn’t going to issue if we’re utilizing new team associates of gamers, we have to operate things previous the board and they have the ideal to problem and question concerns.

“He is a extremely gifted participant but we are even now performing by means of that.”

It comes as St Kilda confront a battle to continue to keep their finals place forward of a hard stop to the property-and-away time.

The Saints jumped back into eighth place right after keeping off Hawthorn very last Saturday for a 2nd-straight victory.

St Kilda head to Geelong on Saturday night to get on the ladder-top Cats, right before Marvel Stadium clashes with top rated-eight groups Brisbane and Sydney.

But in a big strengthen for St Kilda, critical defender Dougal Howard will be an critical inclusion to take care of star Cats forwards Tom Hawkins and Jeremy Cameron.

Howard hurt his hamstring towards Carlton in round 16 and has missed the last 4 matches.

“(Howard) will engage in for absolutely sure, until something’s absent amiss from the boundary line into the place, he’ll be appropriate to go,” Ratten quipped.

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