Collingwood can't seem to take a trick during the AFL trade period and Melbourne great Garry Lyon says the situation is fraught with danger for the club's staff.
Speculation about star player Adam Treloar's future has dominated debate around the Magpies, who are yet to make a deal with just two days left before Thursday’s trade deadline.
Collingwood is reportedly keen to offload Treloar despite the midfield gun having five years to run on his contract.
The messy situation has come about with the Magpies trying to manage their tight salary cap, with star forward-midfielder Jordan De Goey yet to re-sign with the club.
As well as trying to fix up their situation with contracted players, Collingwood is also looking to recruit other stars such as Hawthorn's Jack Gunston.
Lyon has slammed the haphazard approach by the Magpies and says it would make potential signings think twice about joining the club.
“Collingwood left, right and centre are going back to players and saying ‘yeah we mucked up your contract, give us some money back or we’ll have to move you on’,” Lyon told SEN Breakfast.
“That’s essentially what they’re doing. And then in the midst of that they’re making a play for Jack Gunston?
“Why would Jack Gunston go to Collingwood when they’re signing blokes and then a year later they’re going ‘give us your money back and move on’?
“That’s not the time to go and chase someone. If you’re Jack Gunston, you’d go ‘I beg your pardon, you’ve made a contract offer to me, one like you did with Adam Treloar? Is that what I’m looking at in a couple of years’ time?’”
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The three-time All-Australian says he isn't sure who the blame lies with at Collingwood, but suggested that someone at the club could be fired over the messy situation.
“I don’t know who is to blame at Collingwood – will someone get the sack for this?” he said.
“I’m talking about Adam Treloar’s five-year contract which they don’t want anymore, we’re talking about Jaidyn Stephenson’s two-year contract extension, which they’re happy to offload, we’re talking about Tom Phillips who has a year to run on his contract.
“Who do we blame for that and who is going to be ultimately held accountable?”
Bulldogs loom as Treloar possibility
The Western Bulldogs have been mooted as a potential landing spot for Treloar, but the club seems to be more interested in hanging onto Josh Dunkley, who has requested a trade to Essendon.
The Herald Sun's Jon Ralph said the Bulldogs look like "the only real option right now" for Treloar and St Kilda legend Leigh Montagna says he believes it would be a fantastic move.
“I think if Dunkley leaves it’s a great get for the Western Bulldogs,” he said.
“I still think any club in Victoria should be having a crack at Adam Treloar. He’s been in the All-Australian squad for three years of the last five.”
Speculation about Treloar's future ramped up after it was revealed his partner Kim Ravaillion had signed with Super Netball franchise the Queensland Firebirds next year and will be moving north with their daughter Georgie.
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 stated his desire to stay with the Magpies, with coach Nathan Buckley last week denying reports that senior players at the club wanted him out.
Magpies list boss Ned Guy spoke remained tight-lipped about Treloar when he addressed the situation last week.
"I know there's been some conjecture on when we were going to talk about it but there's been an agreement that we weren't going to play this one out publicly," he said.
"When personal circumstances and careers are being discussed, it's not often appropriate to make those discussions public until everyone agrees it's the right time to do so."
Treloar has stamped himself as a Collingwood fan-favourite across 94 games for the Magpies after moving from Greater Western Sydney ahead of the 2016 season.
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