“It’s almost this hyperfocus and then just a massive drop. People can last all day and just browse. I’m balls-out all day and then I crash and then I’m balls-out again and I crash and then I’m balls-out. This is me, this is how I work.
“I can’t sit still, I can’t go home and turn on the TV and watch a movie, I need to get out of the house. It bothers me to be inside.
“For me, by learning about it, you learn all of these triggers. If we’re going to have a drink, I’ll drink myself drunk. It is not one or the other. I will never do anything by halves.”
He said that trait helped his performance on the field, but he needed to learn how to handle himself off the field.
“It’s one of those things where, in football terms, I wouldn’t be the football player that I was without him.
“I am instinctive. I just do stuff and people say how did you do that or how did you see that.
“And this is sometimes the problem. I’ll do it and think about the consequences later. It’s a double edged sword where I’ll be instinctive and this is what I’m going to do. And it’s like, ‘Oh f—‘.”
He credited the club’s psychologist, Jacquie Louder, with helping him understand how to manage ADHD and creating a support network for him that allows him to thrive and keep him on track.
“Working with Jacquie is almost like I have a checklist in my head now where I have to check things off before I can do anything. When you’re young, it’s like, “Shit, I’m here to have fun.”
“Sometimes there are things you wish you could change or do differently. Looking back now, I’m very lucky to have Jacquie Louder.
“She knows everyone around me, she knows all my best friends. She communicates with all my best friends. You [guys] they are almost like networks to me.
“I’ve put myself in a good position with the right support around me and I feel like I’m safe. I feel like if I’m doing something I shouldn’t be doing, one of you guys will say, ‘Put your head in,’ and I’ll say, yeah, you’re right.”
De Goey said he had realized the importance of sharing what he was feeling with others and seeking help in overcoming the challenges of football and life. It was a change from the way he’s handled setbacks in the past. “Go and get the help you need,” De Goey said.
De Goey said the arrival of Craig McRae as manager was hugely positive for the club, while the support of captain Scott Pendlebury had been significant.
“[McRae] It has been one of the best things to have happened to Collingwood Football Club,” De Goey said. “I grew in trust with him, he grew in trust with me, he doesn’t focus on mistakes in the game.”
He said that McRae’s ability to focus on the positives had transformed the environment.
“People sometimes think that you are almost invincible. I deal with stress. I deal with anxiety, I deal with everything else that everyone else does,” De Goey said.
He said that the fanaticism of Collingwood’s supporters was a major reason for wanting to stay with the Pies, acknowledging that he had been wrong in the past, but had learned to appreciate the resilience he had shown during his career.
“Sometimes they put you in a category because it’s something from your past,” De Goey said.
“For me, it’s just trying to build to be something different, to be something better than that.”
The Western Bulldogs are set to sign Melbourne speedy forward Oskar Baker via the pre-season supplemental selection period.
The 24-year-old played 15 games for Melbourne after making his debut in 2019, but was unable to see the Demons, with Ed Langdon and Angus Brayshaw on the wing.
The Bulldogs traded Lachie Hunter to Melbourne during the trade period, which opened up the need for a running partner, and Baker adapted to that.
Baker was a notable absence from the list of former players who were nominated for the national draft on Monday.
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