De Goey needs to ‘have a look in the mirror’: Mathew Stokes

Two-time Geelong premiership forward Mathew Stokes says his leadership group at the Cats would have had stern words with Jordan De Goey after his latest incident.

Stokes faced his own ultimatum as a player in 2010 after .

But Stokes, speaking on this week’s Real Footy podcast, had so much respect for his leaders that he turned his career around and went onto play in the Cats’ 2011 premiership. He believes De Goey must also stop and listen to his most senior players.

There were a lot of respected ex-absolute legends of our game having a crack at him [De Goey], Stokes said.

That says something to me. If one of those players was to say something about me or towards my attitude, I would probably listen and take it on board pretty quickly. The fact he’s gone and got his back up . . . I think it shows where his maturity is at.

The Northern Territory product said Steven May finds himself in a similar position too, as he looks to earn respect back from his teammates ahead of Thursday night’s clash with the Lions.

Stokes joined The Age footy writers Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Caroline Wilson on this week’s episode.

The former Geelong and Essendon small also discussed the form of the Cats, and the importance of Tom Hawkins to the premiership contenders after his 700th goal, and also shared his thoughts on Essendon’s win over St Kilda last Friday night.

All that and more in this week’s episode of the Real Footy podcast.

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