Collingwood’s Jordan De Goey is fit and firing ahead of the 2023 AFL season

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Collingwood Jordan De Goey is gearing up for a big 2023.

Fresh off signing a five-year extension with the Pies in September, De Goey has returned to the track fit and firing.

Speaking on The Unlaced podcast with host Jake Barker-Daish, the midfielder has been putting in the hard yards to get himself in the best possible shape for next year.

Not immune from off-field drama, De Goey is keen to put multiple incidents from 2022 behind him and focus on his footy.

From the Bali incident in June to the New York altercation in late 2021, the 26-year-old is working on finding a balance that will allow him to compete at his best.

In doing so, De Goey outlined some of the things he’s been doing to be fit and firing come round one, 2023.

“For me, this offseason is all about running. Trying to get as fit as possible but also in saying that, doing leg exercises that will hold your muscles in good stead,” De Goey said.

“It’s probably right up there with everything that I’ve done before but just in terms of getting running coaches, dieticians … just really wanted to hit the ground running and build those little habits now that will hold me in good stead for the season.

“At this stage, I’m really enjoying it … we’ve been putting in some good work.”

De Goey is also excited by the prospect of the Collingwood list, which fell agonisingly short of the grand final, including the addition of Tom Mitchell.

“Last year, in general, was really exciting. I think we have a good, young list and some boys who showed what players they can be in the future,” De Goey expressed.

“Tom Mitchell coming into the footy club which is another element but exciting.

“You get a feeling that it’ll work pretty well … he’s an in-and-under player and we’ve got some good ball users around him. But we’re looking for that bloke who can get his own ball and dish it out to our good distributors like the Daics’ boys (Nick and Josh Daicos), Pendlebury.”

The Pies were one of the bigger players in the trade period, acquiring Mitchell alongside Daniel McStay (Brisbane), Bobby Hill (GWS) and Billy Frampton (Adelaide).

However, in light of all the physical work De Goey is doing, the match-winner touched on the mental side and detailed his dealings with ADHD.

Diagnosed in 2021, the 26-year-old has found the inconsistencies with his mentality difficult but has laboured tirelessly with Collingwood sport psychologist Jacqui Louder.

“It’s a hard one because I am still learning about it now. It’s almost like this hyper-focus and then just a massive drop off,” De Goey said.

I’m like balls-out all day and then I’ll crash and then I’m balls-out again and I will crash and then I’m balls-out. That’s how I am, that’s how I work.

“I can’t sit still, I can’t go home and put the TV on and watch a movie, I can’t do that. I need to be out of the house. It just pisses me off being inside.”

“Working with Jacquie it’s almost like I have a checklist in my head now where I have to tick things off before I can do something. When you are young it’s like, “F** it, I am here to have fun”,” the 26-year-old said.

“At times there are things you wish you could change or do differently. Now looking back I am really lucky I had Jacquie.

“She knows everyone around me, she knows all my best mates. You (guys) are almost like nets for me. I’ve put myself in a good position with the right support around me and I feel like I’m safe.”

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