Buckley explains Treloar’s Magpies exit


Nathan Buckley admitted Collingwood had major concerns over Adam Treloar’s family situation and it was a “catalyst” for the AFL midfielder’s controversial departure from the Magpies.

The Collingwood coach spoke for the first time since Treloar, and three other players, were forced out of the club to ease salary cap pressure.

Treloar, who joined the Western Bulldogs last Thursday night, was floated as trade bait during the last off-season before re-signing with the Magpies until 2025.

The 27-year-old’s partner, Kim Ravaillion, is about to move north with their infant daughter Georgie and play Super Netball with the Queensland Firebirds next year.

Buckley said Collingwood hierarchy wondered how being in a long-distance relationship would affect Treloar’s wellbeing.

Treloar was determined to make the situation work and had no intention of moving to Queensland and desperately wanted to remain at the Magpies, where he played 94 games after arriving in 2016 from Greater Western Sydney.

“There’s no doubt that was a catalyst in some shape or form,” Buckley told SEN

“The possibility that he might have been considering going to Queensland and being with his family was part of the reasoning around having the initial discussion 12 months ago, and then again this year.

“Let’s be clear, it’s not our jobs to live Adam’s life: Adam and Kim and their family are entitled to live their lives as they see fit.

“But it is our responsibility to work out on a professional level how that might affect Adam’s ability to do his job, which is to play football and contribute to the club.

“We are within our rights to have an assessment of that given our knowledge of Adam.”

Collingwood’s view was already well-known when Treloar on Friday fronted the media for the first time as a Bulldogs player, labelling their evaluation as “really disappointing”.

Ravaillion, who has 57 Test caps for Australia, feels she has been used as a “scapegoat” to move Treloar on.

Buckley said there was no way Treloar’s split from Collingwood could have been done “without trauma or pain”.

“These were really hard conversations,” he said.

“I am old enough and mature enough to understand in high pressure situations, in situations that involve the heart that unpredicted outcomes can occur.

“This is brutal. This was always going to be a shock and always going to cause distress.

“Adam’s a heart and soul person. My personal relationship with him is important to me.

“We’re really close but obviously it’s strained at the moment and the dust is yet to settle on that.”





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Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says Adam Treloar’s family situation was ‘catalyst’ for AFL trade move


Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley says the Magpies were concerned about Adam Treloar’s family situation and it was a “catalyst” for the AFL midfielder’s departure from the club.

Treloar joined the Western Bulldogs last Thursday night as one of four players offloaded by the Magpies to other clubs on the final day of the AFL’s trade period.

The Magpies floated Treloar as a trade option during the last off-season before he re-signed with the club until 2025.

The 27-year-old’s partner, Kim Ravaillion, is about to leave Melbourne with their infant daughter and play Super Netball with the Queensland Firebirds next year.

Treloar wanted to remain at the Magpies, where he played 94 matches after arriving in 2016 from Greater Western Sydney.

Buckley said Collingwood officials wondered how being in a long-distance relationship would affect Treloar’s wellbeing.

“There’s no doubt that was a catalyst in some shape or form,” Buckley told SEN radio.

Buckley said the Magpies had conversations with Treloar about his family situation.

“The possibility that he might have been considering going to Queensland and being with his family was part of the reasoning around having the initial discussion 12 months ago, and then again this year,” he said.

“Let’s be clear, it’s not our jobs to live Adam’s life. Adam and Kim and their family are entitled to live their lives as they see fit.

“But it is our responsibility to work out on a professional level how that might affect Adam’s ability to do his job, which is to play football and contribute to the club.

Nathan Buckley (left) described Treloar’s exit from the Magpies as “brutal”.(AAP: Richard Wainwright)

Buckley said there was no way Treloar’s split from Collingwood could have been done “without trauma or pain”.

“I am old enough and mature enough to understand in high-pressure situations, in situations that involve the heart, that unpredicted outcomes can occur,” Buckley said.

“This is brutal. This was always going to be a shock and always going to cause distress.”

Treloar, speaking on Friday, said Buckley told him senior Magpies players no longer wanted him at the club.

“To be told there are some players who don’t want you there when I know that the majority of players love and care for me,” he said.

“They were adamant on moving me on so no matter how they were going to go about it, it was going to happen.

“It was a fight up until the end because that’s where I wanted to be, at Collingwood.

“I guess anything was going to be said to move me on.”

The Magpies also arranged trades for Jaidyn Stephenson, Atu Bosenavulagi (both North Melbourne) and Tom Phillips (Hawthorn) last Thursday.

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Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley slams ‘rumour and innuendo’ about Adam Treloar’s Magpies AFL future


Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley claims speculation around star Magpies midfielder Adam Treloar’s future at the club is “disrespectful”.

Buckley took to Twitter this afternoon to dismiss a media report claiming he told Treloar via a phone call that he was no longer wanted by senior players at the club.

He said the report on Melbourne’s SEN radio on Monday “was news to me”.

“The constant rumour and innuendo is disrespectful to Adam, the club and our supporters,” Buckley posted on Twitter.

“We’ll continue to communicate directly and sensitively with Adz (Treloar) and his management.

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There has been mounting speculation Collingwood is trying to move the highly paid Treloar on to free up a space in the Magpies’ bulging salary cap.

The club had stayed silent on the matter until Buckley’s tweet.

Treloar is one of a number of Magpies players, including wingman Tom Phillips and forward Jaidyn Stephenson, faced with an uncertain future at the club.

There is growing speculation the Magpies want to offload Treloar.(AAP: Darren England)

The former Greater Western Sydney player’s partner Kim Ravaillion has signed a Super Netball club to play with the Queensland Firebirds next year.

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.

The 27-year-old has been intent on wanting to stay at Collingwood, where he is contracted at until the end of the 2025 season.

He joined the Magpies in 2016 after four seasons with the Giants.

In other trade news, North Melbourne’s Ben Brown has requested a move to the Demons.

Brown was encouraged to explore his options back in September and this afternoon the Kangaroos confirmed the 27-year-old wanted to join the Demons.

“We spoke honestly with Ben in September about the direction of our football club and what was best for his career, and we committed to finding an outcome that would suit both parties,” Kangaroos general manager of football Brady Rawlings said.

“As Ben has nominated his preferred club, we will now work to secure a trade that is a good outcome for the club.”

Ben Brown pumps his right fist and smiles.
Ben Brown wants a trade from the Kangaroos to the Demons.(AAP: Daniel Pockett)

Brown is a four-time leading goalkicker for the Kangaroos with 287 majors in 130 matches but he struggled with form and injury this year.

Meanwhile, the Dockers announced they had agreed to trade forward Jesse Hogan to the Giants.

Hogan, contracted at the Dockers until the end of next year, has struggled to live up to expectations after his high-profile move from Melbourne in 2018.

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Buckley speaks on Treloar’s Magpies future


Nathan Buckley claims speculation around star Collingwood midfielder Adam Treloar’s murky AFL future with the Magpies is “disrespectful”.

The Collingwood coach hit out a report claiming he told Treloar via a phone call that he was no longer wanted by senior players at the club.

Buckley said the report on SEN on Monday “was news to me”.

“The constant rumour and innuendo is disrespectful to Adam, the club and our supporters,” he posted on Twitter.

“We’ll continue to communicate directly and sensitively with ‘Adz’ and his management.

“FYI (for your information), our leaders don’t sit on list management, it’s not their job.”

It comes after weeks of talk that Collingwood are trying to move the highly paid 27-year-old on to free up a space in the Magpies’ bulging salary cap.

The club has stayed silent on the matter until now.

Treloar is one of a number of Magpies players faced with an uncertain future, including wingman Tom Phillips and forward Jaidyn Stephenson.

The former Greater Western Sydney player’s partner Kim Ravaillion has signed a Super Netball club to play with the Queensland Firebirds next year and will be moving north.

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 been intent on wanting to stay at Collingwood, where he is contracted at until the end of the 2025 season.





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How much of Adam Treloar’s wage would Gold Coast be prepared to pay?


Gold Coast is prepared to pay a large portion of Adam Treloar’s Collingwood contract next year, according to former Magpies recruiter Matt Rendell.

Rendell understands the Suns would pay $600,000 of Treloar’s wage and he believes they would happily give up their first-round selection – pick No.5 – in a potential trade for the midfielder.

“I think Gold Coast would (trade pick No.5) in a heartbeat,” Rendell told AFL Trade Radio’s The Late Trade.

“I’m led to believe (Gold Coast) will pay $600,000 of his wage, which is fair enough. We’re hearing he’s on possibly $900,000 for five years.”

Rendell says his former club could lose “credibility” if they look to trade players out who have just agreed to back-ended contracts.

“The problem I see with Collingwood is if you’re going to sign someone on a big contract and then try and trade them out – and what we’re hearing it’s maybe (Tom) Phillips and (Mason) Cox as well – you’re going to start losing a bit of credibility when you start back-ending contracts,” he said.

“So keep pushing it (contract) back so they get a lot of money in their last year and then you say now we want to trade you. It’s really hard to trade people on that sort of dough.

“They (Collingwood) are clearly trying to get money out of their cap.

“It’s a lot of money to pay over five years for Treloar, he’s a ripping kid and he’s loved by his teammates.

“He doesn’t want to leave Melbourne I believe, and he thinks he can make it (relationship with Kim Ravaillion) work in Melbourne.”

Former list boss Stephen Silvagni isn’t so sure whether the Suns would sacrifice pick No.5 for Treloar.

“I’m of the view that I’m not as confident that Gold Coast would give up pick No.5 for Adam,” Silvagni said.

“I think they don’t have a lot of room (in their cap) so that would be a concern – I think they’ve had to pay some big money to their younger players to keep them up there – particularly their early selections.

“I would be looking at what success they’ve had over the last couple of years in bringing younger talent through the door and being able to re-sign that young talent.

“Yes I would think that the coach (Stuart Dew) would like an injection of more senior players through there, but I reckon that pick No.5 is fairly valuable.

“If I was on that list management team, I would like a player that was 23 years of age … I think Adam could make an impact at Gold Coast but there’s a bit floating around in terms of where he’s at with everything.”

Treloar, 27, is contracted to Collingwood until the end of 2025.







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