Collingwood is under fire for its treatment of Adam Treloar, having reportedly told him he’s unwanted at the club despite having five years remaining on his bumper contract.
Treloar, 27, was given blunt feedback when he recently asked the Pies if they wanted him to stay. Despite speculation over his future, with fiancee Kim Ravaillion moving north with their young daughter to play netball for the Queensland Firebirds, Treloar publicly committed to remaining a Collingwood player.
The commitment is not mutual, despite a contract running until 2025. Apart from being told that he was unwanted, Treloar was reportedly informed that he’s difficult to coach and that Collingwood is prepared to subsidise his salary – close to $900,000 per season – for a new club. Gold Coast has been touted as a trade destination.
Essendon great Matthew Lloyd slammed Collingwood’s handling of Treloar, who was traded to the Pies ahead of the 2016 season by GWS Giants.
“I don’t think there is [any coming back]. It’s interesting they’re talking about Adam’s well-being and all those sorts of things — If a club wants you enough, they will work with you to make it work,” Lloyd told AFL Trade Radio.
“Can you imagine in theory a Dustin Martin or a Marcus Bontempelli’s wife signs a contract with a netball team and he says, ‘I still want to play and we can work through it’. They’re not going to say, ‘Nah, nah, nah, for your well-being, you go, you go to Gold Coast’. They’d do everything in their power [to keep him] … they do anything for you if they want you enough.
“Collingwood … they’d free up money, they’d get pick five from the Gold Coast Suns and he (Treloar) has got a contract that is back-ended. They (Collingwood) have got themselves in this problem.
“They’ve got themselves in a bit of a salary cap mess here and Adam Treloar is the collateral damage.”
Port Adelaide legend Kane Cornes also said that Treloar had been poorly treated.
“The treatment of the player is bordering on disgraceful really, when you look at the way it’s been done,” Cornes told AFL Trade Radio.
“There’s been no one from the club that has come out and spoken on this. If this was untrue, you’d think the Collingwood footy club would be jumping on the front foot … saying, ‘This is incorrect, Adam Treloar is a valued member of the team, we want him, we signed him for a reason and we’ll make it work’.
“We haven’t heard anything, not one person from the club has spoken on Adam Treloar’s future, so the way that they’re treating him is really disgraceful.”
Treloar slammed claims of a possible move earlier this month, when Ravaillion’s Super Netball club switch was confirmed.
“I’ve never considered going anywhere and I never would,” he told Fox Sports.
“Never in my mind have I ever floated playing for a different team.”