‘They were adamant on moving me on’: Treloar reflects on his efforts to stay at Collingwood

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Adam Treloar says Collingwood believed he could not play his best footy while his partner Kim Ravaillion and their child lived in Queensland, and therefore he was traded from the Magpies to the Western Bulldogs.

Treloar also said that he was told by coach Nathan Buckley that some senior players did not want him to remain at the club, contrary to public testimony from the coach following such reports.

Adam Treloar.Credit:Getty Images

The midfielder, in his first interview as a Bulldogs player on Friday, also said he thought senior players never actually said such things, and that this might have been made up by the Pies.

“It is what you read,” Treloar said when asked about the reported chat with Buckley.

“That was told to me in no uncertain way and that did hurt, because I know how close I am with the players. To be told that, when I don’t think that’s the truth, and to be told that there’s some players that don’t want you there when I know the majority of the players love me and care for me, that did hurt a bit.

“But 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 I wanted to be at Collingwood.”

Treloar added a move to Queensland with Ravaillion – who will play netball with the Queensland Firebirds – was never on the cards.

"I never considered playing footy in Queensland," Treloar said. "It was never a reality for me.

"It was more the family side of things [discussed with Buckley] and whether or not they could see me playing elite sport being away from my family. I well and truly believe I can.

"They were adamant they had to move me on. Although I disagree, I'm here now.

"I don't think that [salary cap problems and my big contract] from what I have been told I don't think that was their main reason."

Treloar said he was not bitter at the club – because some of his best friends remain at the club – or Buckley.

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