The messy break-up between Adam Treloar and Collingwood still hasn't been properly resolved, according to the gun midfielder's new club, the Western Bulldogs.
Treloar's situation dominated much of the talk during AFL trade period, with the 27-year-old insisting that he wanted to stay with the Magpies.
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Just last year, Collingwood extended Treloar's $900,000 a season contract until the end of 2025, but the Magpies pushed him to find a third AFL club when they realised the severity of their salary cap bungle.
The club said discussions about his exit came after concerns Treloar would not be able to handle living away from his partner and young daughter.
Treloar's partner Kim Ravaillion revealed earlier in the year that she was moving tp Brisbane with the couple's daughter after taking up a contract to play with netball's Queesnsland Firebirds.
The Magpies ended up offloading Treloar to the Western Bulldogs in the dying stages of last month's trade period, however, both clubs are yet to come to a resolution on his lofty salary.
The clubs have been disputing how much of the 27-year-old's salary they will be paying in years to come, with Treloar guaranteed to receive what was in his contract with Collingwood.
The Magpies are determined to pay as little of it as possible, with negotiations ongoing with the Western Bulldogs about the structure of his salary payments.
Clubs yet to agree on Treloar’s salary
Western Bulldogs president Peter Gordon is confident the club's "very good relationship" with the Magpies would ensure the saga comes to a swift end.
"We'll sort out the details with Collingwood and we'll all get on with our lives," he told SEN.
"It's not (sorted yet) but it will be because you've got two clubs who respect each other and a player (Treloar) that both clubs respect.
"A trade got done in extraordinary circumstances and sensible heads will prevail and we'll do a deal."
The Bulldogs are hoping Collingwood will contribute up to $300,000 per year on the reported $900,000 a year contract.
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Gordon said there was "not a deadline" for the clubs to resolve the situation and asked for the AFL's patience in what has been a challenging year for everyone.
“I’m sure the AFL would understand in circumstances where it itself has struggled to get details out of TPPs (Total Player Payments) and what the shift in player contracts and arrangements, including with the AFLPA and what the variable club funding model is going to be in a year when we’ve seen more tumultuous change than ever before,” Gordon said.
“I’m sure that they appreciate the position that we’re in …. it will get sorted out.”
It was a messy ending to Treloar's five-season stint with the Magpies, with the former Greater Wester Sydney player reportedly told by coach Nathan Buckley that he was unwanted by some key players at the club.
He will slot into an on-field brigade that will be the envy of rival clubs, joining the likes of Marcus Bontempelli, Josh Dunkley, Jack Macrae and Tom Liberatore in the Bulldogs' midfield rotations next year.
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