Darcy Moore in 'brutal' revelation about Jack Ginnivan trade fallout

The Collingwood captain has described the Jack Ginnivan trade as surreal.

Pictured together Darcy Moore and Jack Ginnivan

Collingwood captain Darcy Moore has opened up on the brutal reality of AFL grand final winning teammate Jack Ginnivan's trade to Hawthorn. Less than three weeks ago the pair celebrated winning Collingwood's 16th flag together but from next year they will be competing against one another.

After the Magpies secured the services of Fremantle star Lachie Schultz, Ginnivan asked for a trade away as he felt that he was being pushed out of the club. Hawthorn moved quickly to secure his signature and by Thursday he was pictured in a Hawks guernsey.

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Yet the move sits wrong with Moore who told The Project on Thursday that the whole situation "feels weird". "Jack, what are you doing? Come back. It’s very surreal, isn’t it?" Moore said.

“It’s bizarre but it happens every year, it's that reminder for all of us that professional sport, we love it and as teammates we’re so connected and turn ourselves inside out for each other but come trade period it’s pretty brutal.”

Moore then played down any move away from Collingwood himself, telling Pies fans they have nothing to worry about. The Magpies captain joked that a team would need to offer him a theme park as part of the deal to convince him to leave the club.

Jack Ginnivan says Hawthorn move is his dream come true

Ginnivan - who grew up supporting Hawthorn as a kid - was pictured in the Hawks guernsey on Thursday after revealing that it was a "dream" of his to join coach Sam Mitchell's side. “Since I was a little kid, I used to barrack for them obviously," Ginnivan said. “It’s such a dream come true for me.”

Ginnivan says it's "so special" to play under a coach that he idolised watching in his playing days. The young gun says he's also excited to be part of a youthful core group of players at Hawthorn that shows signs of building towards something fruitful in 2023.

“I think the young core as well as just the excitement the boys play with,” Ginnivan said. “They're always fast and moving the footy forward, people like CJ (Changkuoth Jiath) and Dylan Moore, they're so exciting to watch. It's going to be great to be a part of.”

Darcy Moore pictured celebrating 2023 AFL Grand Final win
Darcy Moore celebrates grand final triumph. Image: Getty

Ginnivan's 2023 season was marred by a pre-season drug scandal and limited playing time as form issues saw him dropped to the VFL, before making a return to play in Collingwood's successful finals campaign. Despite the speculation he had fallen out of favour at Collingwood, Magpies boss Graham Wright insisted that was not the case and that the decision to leave came down to the player.

“He was a contracted player, he’s a premiership player, he’s 20 years old, and we were pretty clear we saw it that way,” Wright said. “It was Jack’s decision to look elsewhere. In the end we appreciate that, we accept it and we move on.“

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