Eddie McGuire has addressed speculation about Adam Treloar’s future amid reports he’s unwanted at Collingwood.
The rumour mill went into overdrive recently when Treloar’s wife and netball star Kim Ravaillion signed to play with the Queensland Firebirds for 2021.
That sparked speculation Treloar would move to a Queensland club to be with his wife and baby next year.
A recent report claimed coach Nathan Buckley told Treloar via a phone call that he was no longer wanted by senior players at the club, claims which Buckley refuted and called “disrespectful”.
On Wednesday Collingwood chairman McGuire had his say.
“Can I tell you this? No one will be speaking at Collingwood,” McGuire told the Triple M Hot Breakfast.
“(Collingwood list boss) Ned Guy has to speak at draft radio today or whatever it’s called, Trade Radio, but he won’t be saying too much I wouldn’t have thought, and it’s as simple as that.
“Here’s what happens. We’re in the middle of a very robust negotiation with every club over players and things like that.
“When does this (trade period) finish? Talk to you then.”
It comes after weeks of talk that Collingwood are trying to move the highly paid 27-year-old on to free up a space in the Magpies’ bulging salary cap.
“The constant rumour and innuendo is disrespectful to Adam, the club and our supporters,” Buckley posted on Twitter last week.
“We'll continue to communicate directly and sensitively with 'Adz' and his management.
“FYI (for your information), our leaders don’t sit on list management, it’s not their job.”
“Absolute fact”...news to me Sam.
The constant rumour and innuendo is disrespectful to Adam, the club and our supporters.
We’ll continue to communicate directly and sensitively with Adz and his management.
FYI, our leaders don’t sit on list management, it’s not their job.
— Nathan Buckley (@ncb_cfc) November 2, 2020
AFL greats slams Collingwood’s silence
AFL greats Tim Watson and Garry Lyon recently criticised Collingwood’s reluctance to address the Treloar situation, with Lyon taking aim at Buckley’s Twitter response.
“The club hasn’t communicated with its members, I think that’s been disrespectful,” Watson said on SEN Breakfast.
“You’ve got a salary cap issue, this player took a back-ended deal to accommodate other players, you’re also worried he won’t be able to deal with his family disconnection - the problem is the football club.
“Members, I would think, want to know how you got into this salary cap mess and how you’re going to get out of it.
“It’s of your own doing, Collingwood. You’ve got to tell your members how you’re going to navigate your way out of it.”
Lyon added: “If your policy is you’re not going to comment on anything, don’t comment on anything. The first comment out of Collingwood is a Twitter response.
“We need to hear from him (Buckley) as to how and why this didn’t happen.
“You talk about rumour and innuendo, it’s a massive story that’s developed with Adam Treloar, so don’t blame the media for telling the story.
“Now we wait to found out what the response is.”
Treloar is one of a number of Magpies players faced with an uncertain future, including wingman Tom Phillips and forward Jaidyn Stephenson.
It was thought Treloar could follow Ravaillion and sign with either of the Queensland AFL clubs, but the Brisbane Lions have ruled out an approach for him and the Gold Coast Suns’ interest has cooled.
Treloar has been intent on wanting to stay at Collingwood, where he is contracted at until the end of the 2025 season.
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