Adam Treloar had choked back tears while paying an emotional tribute to partner Kim Ravaillion.
Treloar was forced out by Collingwood during last year's trade period, with the Magpies desperate to release salary cap pressure.
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It was a move that upset the 28-year-old, particularly when Collingwood dragged Ravaillion into the saga.
The Magpies suggested it was in Treloar's best interests to seek a trade to a Queensland club when Ravaillion signed to play for the Firebirds in Super Netball.
Magpies hierarchy claimed they were concerned that Treloar would struggle if separated from Ravaillion and their new baby Georgia.
However Treloar maintained that he wanted to stay at Collingwood, eventually winding up at the Western Bulldogs.
Speaking on Fox Footy on Tuesday night, the 28-year-old got emotional when talking about the saga and how it affected his wife.
“I don’t know what you’re doing to me Robbo, but you’re going to start making me cry and I don’t want to cry,” Treloar told Mark Robinson on AFL 360.
“With Kim being pregnant and going through everything she went through with her own mental health, she took time away from the game before the pregnancy and fell out of love with netball. And then became pregnant and really appreciated the game again and really pushed herself to get back.
"I watched that closely and from afar and I just loved it and I appreciated it and it’s what motivated me everyday. It’s what got me through the hub.
“For it then to get turned on her, re-signing with Queensland, and being able to train and be a couple months away from playing at the highest level, to have that used against her and to have that used as a story with me, that was probably the most hurtful thing because the story that it should have been was this incredible woman, who sacrificed her body for nine months to have Georgie and to not play at professional level and to sign for a club that she’s wanted to play for for such a long time.”
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Treloar said he's not seeking revenge when the Bulldogs play Collingwood this week in the opening round of the AFL season.
“I don’t go out there and think, ‘I was treated wrong. I was treated bad. It was bulls***. I’m just going to show everyone’. I’m not like that,” he said.
“I think about it now and it can still really pull the heart strings for me.
"It took me a long while after the trade period to get over the fact that I wasn’t playing for Collingwood any more. It was a place I loved.”
On Saturday, Ravaillion took an explosive swipe at Collingwood and their "sh*tty lies".
“All those sh*tty lies were not the reason they got rid of him, there was another reason,” Ravaillion told the Herald Sun.
“It was an emotional rollercoaster.
“They started to say to Adam, ‘It’s bad for your mental health, you won’t be able to handle the move’, and Adam said, ‘That’s up to me, it’s not up to you to decide’.
“Then they started to blame it on me. They were making excuses for why he’s going when in actual fact they just wanted him gone. You feel like you trust someone (the club) and then it all goes.”
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