A trio of former AFL players have savaged the Collingwood Magpies over reports they are looking to trade star midfielder Adam Treloar, barely a year after he signed a five-year contract with the club.
Reports have emerged that the Magpies are looking to move Treloar to another club, ostensibly because his wife Kim Ravaillion signed a contract to play netball for the Queensland Firebirds next season.
Treloar himself has emphatically denied he sought an exit from the club, but the Magpies have nonetheless informed the former GSW Giant that he should find a new club because they are concerned he won’t perform to the same standard if separated from his family, The Age reported.
The insinuation that Treloar’s form would drop left former stars Kane Cornes, Brendon Goddard and Matthew Lloyd gobsmacked.
“It is wrong,” Cornes told AFL Trade Radio.
“We know so many players across the competition have issues off the field and the averages would certainly suggest that there’d be more than a few Collingwood players that the club is aware of that have issues off the field.
"It's insensitive, wrong & based on assumptions. You'd wrap your arms around & support him. It reflects poorly if that's the reason they're getting rid of him"
- Goddard re: reports that Pies don't believe Treloar can perform at the elite level with his family living interstate
— AFL Trade Radio (@traderadio) October 28, 2020
“Whether it’s alcohol, whether it’s drugs, it might be a mental health condition or it might be challenges relating to a player’s immediate family — all of that has the potential to cause disruption and affect on-field performance.
“But good clubs, they go over the top to support their players and make sure that it doesn’t have an impact on the field.”
Collingwood savaged over Adam Treloar move
Lloyd said it was a cop-out for the Magpies to remain silent on the issue, suggesting fans were irritated by the lack of clarity and the poor reasoning for letting a talented recruit go.
“They’re losing their fans, there’s a lot of fans who are extremely upset,” Lloyd said on Trade Radio.
“You talk about being able to cope, Adam’s just been in the hub during COVID. Every player now can deal with more than they’ve ever dealt before.
“Players can deal with anything now and he’s telling them, ‘I’m not a four or five-year-old, I’m fine’.
“Adam Treloar’s ripped two hamstrings and he’s got back and he’s played. He’s been through a fair bit. So I just think Collingwood need to come out and give their reasons for this. Don’t go silent.”
Fellow former Essendon Bombers player Goddard was also perplexed by the Magpies reasoning.
The ex-St Kilda and Bombers half-back said using Treloar’s wife as an excuse was perplexing at best, and in reality, completely unacceptable.
“I don’t accept that. That is not an excuse,” Goddard told Trade Radio. “And if that is the reason, how are you getting this so wrong?
“That’s so insensitive and wrong and based on assumptions. It’s a totally wrong way to look at it.
“You’d wrap your arms around this guy and offer him all the support you can.
“It’s looking worse and worse for Collingwood.
“It just can’t be the reason, it’s not the way you treat people. Imagine how he is feeling right now.”