Collingwood star Taylor Adams has set the record straight in response to a private conversation he had with teammate Jordan De Goey.
Following a tough week after the loss to the Gold Coast, reports of a spirited and animated conversation between Adams and De Goey were reported to have taken place which Adams took exception to publicly, tweeting the word “Garbage” in response.
Speaking at the Big Freeze launch at the MCG, Adams said the conversation with his younger teammate was from a position of wanting to support de Goey after a disappointing outing the week before.
“There was quite a bit of media attention around Jordy last week and he seems to be the scapegoat when Collingwood aren’t going well,” he said.
“Some of the stuff that was reported was inaccurate. My conversation was leaked from the changerooms, I am not sure how that happens, but the conversation was inaccurate.
“Jordan and I have a great relationship, we have been working on for a number of years now. And we try to make each other better. The conversation was based around one of support, helping him while I am in rehab, watch extra vision, do extra sessions, be a sounding board for him.
“He was coming off a concussion and played a quieter game and I am glad he came out and played the way he did. He had a great week on the track so has to emulate that week.”
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The Magpies alleviated some of the pressure with a big win against the lowly Kangaroos on the weekend with De Goey having a big role in proceedings, kicking 6 goals in what was an important day for both Jordan and the club.
Adams said he will continue backing in his teammate and was rapt to see him perform the way he did.
“Jordan De Goey wasn’t the reason we lost the game against the Gold Coast, although it seemed like that last week so it was pleasing to see him come out and perform.”
Adams is still three to four weeks away with a knee injury that has had him sidelined since round 4 with a high-level medial strain to his knee.
Adams is out of the supportive brace and has started running back out on the track. He remains optimistic of a return in the second half of the season.
“I’m still 3-4 weeks away from being able to play, I haven’t done any change of direction work yet. He said.
Star defender Jeremy Howe is continuing to battle pain in his hamstring and there is still no clear timeline on his return to action.
The Pies are also awaiting a ruling from the AFL regarding the policies on head knocks and concussion after key defender Jordan Roughead finished the game on the bench after coming off with a head knock but passed a concussion test.