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"All the boys need to harden up"

  • "All the boys need to harden up"

    BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 14: Jordan De Goey of the Magpies celebrates during the 2016 AFL Round 08 match between the Brisbane Lions and the Collingwood Magpies at The Gabba on May 14, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Collingwood midfielder Jordan De Goey has urged his team-mates to harden up and be better.

The Magpies currently sit with just four wins at the midway point of the season, and given the last two seasons where the Magpies have fallen away, winning just five of 22 games in the second half of the year, De Goey says it's time to stand up. 

"It's probably just playing the way we want to play. When we went away from that (method), that's when we started going downhill," De Goey told AFL.com.au.

"All the boys need to harden up because what we've been dishing up hasn't been good enough.

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"It's a mindset, so we just need to flick that switch and focus on the rest of the year."

De Goey says he wants to be the best player he can possibly be, with coach Nathan Buckley instructing him not wait to be great. 

"We've spoken about trying not to wait to be a good player," De Goey said.

"That's one thing 'Bucks' has been telling me, throughout the year, is, 'Don't wait' because there's no reason why I can't step up right up now and that's why I'm trying to improve my game as fast I can."

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