Adam Treloar has taken aim at Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley and list manager Ned Guy over their handling of his messy departure from Collingwood.
Collingwood parted ways with Treloar on Thursday after weeks of speculation surrounding his future.
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Wife Kim Ravaillion, an elite netballer who plays for the Australian Diamonds, recently signed to play for the Queensland Firebirds for the 2021 season, kicking off trade rumours around Treloar.
On Thursday night, Collingwood list manager Guy admitted Treloar’s family situation was the catalyst for the club looking to trade him.
“We had some conversations with Adam and (manager) Tim (Hazell) originally around whether his family was going to move to Queensland and whether he wanted to do that and it evolved from having that conversation to he thought he’d look at another opportunity,” Guy told Fox Footy.
When asked if Collingwood would have considered trading Treloar if Ravaillion was continuing her career in Victoria, Guy said: “That was the catalyst for the discussion.”
“We wouldn’t have looked to have that discussion. It wouldn’t have evolved from that, I wouldn’t have thought, no.”
Ravaillion, who played for Collingwood in Super Netball in 2019 before taking the 2020 season off for the birth of the couple’s daughter Georgie, reacted to Treloar’s trade on social media.
The netball star posted an image of Treloar in his Western Bulldogs gear on Instagram alongside some fire emojis, with the song “Who Let the Dogs Out?” playing in the background.
— Western Bulldogs (@westernbulldogs) November 13, 2020
Adam Treloar ‘hurt’ by messy Collingwood exit
Speaking at his new home on Friday, Treloar said he was “hurt” by the way Collingwood handled his departure, suggesting Buckley may not have been telling the whole truth about the part he played.
“The way they went about it kind of hurt,” Treloar told reporters.
“I wish I could have finished my career at Collingwood, that’s the honest truth.
“They were adamant that they had to move me on ... they genuinely thought I wasn’t going to manage being away from my family.”
Treloar said he was unhappy with Guy’s comments about his family situation and added that he wishes the saga hadn’t played out so publicly.
The 27-year-old was also perplexed by Nathan Buckley’s denial that he’d reportedly rung Treloar and told him the senior players at Collingwood didn’t want him there.
“That was told to me in no uncertain way,” Treloar said, confirming the conversation with Buckley.
“That did hurt because I know how close I am with the players. To be told that when I don’t think that’s the truth and to be told that when I know the majority of players love me, that hurts a bit.
“I guess they were adamant on moving me on. No matter how they were going to go about it, it was going to happen.
“I’ve spoken to a number of players and the majority of players have sent me messages of love and support. I don’t think that was the truth, I don’t think that was the reality.
“I think they were up for a fight to move me on and anything was going to be said to move me on. I didn’t think that was the truth.”
Treloar still had four years to run on his lucrative Collingwood contract, but the Pies were desperate to shed about $2 million of salary cap space.
The fact that he is staying in Victoria at a rival club has left Collingwood fans seething.
The 27-year-old joined wingman Tom Phillips (Hawthorn), goalsneak Jaidyn Stephenson and three-game youngster Atu Bosenavulagi (both North Melbourne) in exiting Collingwood.
The Magpies’ salary cap issues are well known, with a plethora of players on lucrative long-term contracts, but Guy denied it was the reason for clearing out three best-22 players for draft picks.
“I don't think it's a fire sale at all. I just think we want to replenish the list,” Guy told Fox Footy.
“To be able to get into the first round (of the draft) you've got to give something up.
“I think it's a bit of a beat-up, the salary cap issues. I think it's topical and people like to talk about it.”
The way Collingwood has treated Treloar is an absolute disgrace. I’m done as a member after 20 plus years. Hope he wins a flag at the Bulldogs that he could have had at Richmond.
— Gerard Guthrie (@gedguthrie) November 12, 2020
I’m disgusted by the actions of @CollingwoodFC and the mismanagement of our players. We are paying Tom Phillips $500k a year to not play finals footy but trying to trade away Adam Treloar? What a disgrace...
— Tyson (@tyson40132439) November 12, 2020
This is an absolute disgrace we also traded Aish out in a fire sale last year and now Treloar, Stephenson and Phillips for pick 14. You cannot seriously expect pies supporters to see this level of mismanagement and not demand heads to roll we’ve lost the plot!
— Nick (@Seredz) November 12, 2020
im a collingwood supporter and adore Adam treloar but i think it is best that he has been officially traded, cause he does not deserve that disrespect that @CollingwoodFC have shown him.
Disgusting act by collingwood, you should all be ashamed.
— lauryn (@fIeetswoodmac) November 12, 2020