Kane Cornes and Matthew Lloyd have slammed Collingwood’s handling of speculation surrounding the future of Adam Treloar.
The AFL rumour mill went into a spin recently when Treloar’s partner, netball star Kim Ravaillion, signed a one-year deal to play with the Queensland Firebirds next season.
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Ravaillion had previously played for Collingwood in Super Netball, but her move north sparked speculation Treloar would follow his young family to a Queensland club.
The Australian Diamonds mid-courter took the 2019 season off for the birth of the couple’s first child.
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Treloar recently reaffirmed his commitment to Collingwood, but was left stunned when the club reportedly said he was unwanted next season.
According to Fox Footy, Collingwood don’t see Treloar in their future plans and would “consider paying more than $200,000 of his 2021 salary even if he was at another club”.
While Collingwood have remained tight-lipped about Treloar’s future, the club’s former recruiter Matt Rendell says they should be more transparent.
“Absolutely they should be talking about it,” Rendell said. “I don’t know why they wouldn’t be talking about it and explain what’s going on. If they don’t, it’s going to go on until the end of the trade period.
“You might come out with a statement about what’s happening and just be honest - that’s what players and supporters want.”
Rendell said Collingwood should consider trading Treloar to a Queensland team so he can be with his family.
“He is an obsessive compulsive kind of bloke which makes him a great footballer but they would be worried about him fretting about not seeing his partner, or who knows what is going to happen next year with COVID-19, whether we are out of this or not,” Rendell said.
“It is so hard to predict. They would be thinking it might affect his footy being separated from his partner and his child.
“They probably thought it is not a bad idea to float that (trade) again. He has said ‘No, I can make it work, I want to stay in Melbourne. I like Melbourne’.”
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But Essendon great Matthew Lloyd shut down that suggestion, saying Collingwood should be doing everything in their power to keep Treloar.
“I don’t think there is (any coming back). It’s interesting they’re talking about Adam’s wellbeing and all those sorts of things — If a club wants you enough, they will work with you to make it work,” he said on AFL Trade Radio.
“Can you imagine in theory if Dustin Martin or 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’d do everything in their power to keep him.
“They’ve got themselves in a bit of a salary cap mess here and Adam Treloar is the collateral damage.”
Cornes agreed with Lloyd, saying Collingwood’s treatment of their star player was “disgraceful”.
“The treatment of the player is bordering on disgraceful when you look at the way it has been done,” the Port Adelaide great said.
“There’s been no one from the club that has come out and spoken on this.
“The way that they’re treating him is really disgraceful.”
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