Shattered AFL star Adam Treloar has broken his silence on his tumultuous exit from Collingwood after his former club blamed his netball player wife for the departure.
The star midfielder was traded to the Western Bulldogs in a last minute deal on the final day of AFL trade period on Thursday night.
There was rampant speculation about his future during the AFL trade period after his wife Kim Ravaillon signed with Super Netball club Queensland Firebirds for next year with plans to take their baby girl with her.
Despite Treloar’s wishes to remain at Magpies until his contract ended in 2025, Collingwood list manager Ned Guy claimed the Magpies wouldn’t have considered moving Treloar if his wife continued her netball career in Victoria.
Treloar expressed his bitter disappointment in Magpies when he faced the media on Friday.
New Western Bulldogs player Adam Treloar has spoken out about his messy exit from Collingwood. He’s pictured with wife Kim and baby daughter Georgie on Friday
‘The way they went about it kind of hurt,’ Treloar told reporters.
‘I wish I could have finished my career at Collingwood, that’s the honest truth.
‘They were adamant that they had to move me on… they genuinely thought I wasn’t going to manage being away from my family.’
He also claimed Magpies coach Nathan Buckley called him to inform him the senior playing group no longer wanted him at the club, which Buckley has previously denied.
‘That was told to me in no uncertain way and that did hurt, because I know how close I am with the players,’ Treloar said.
‘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.’
Adam Treloar has lashed out at his former club Collingwood after they blamed his wife Kim’s move to Queensland as the reason for his departure
He also hit back at Guy’s comments hours earlier about his family situation, adding he wishes things had not played out so publicly.
Treloar wore the red white and blue colours for the first time at Western Bulldogs club headquarters on Friday, where he was joined by his wife and their eight-month-old Georgie.
He also posted a video message for Bulldogs fans.
‘It’s been a crazy, crazy 15 hours for me. I’m excited to be here at Whitten Oval as a Western Bulldogs football player,’ he said.
‘I couldn’t be more pumped about chucking on this Bulldogs polo and eventually getting to know everyone.’
The Magpies were concerned Adam Treloar wouldn’t cope with being separated from his wife Kim Ravaillion and baby girl Georgie (pictured together)
Adam Treloar’s wife posted a Instagram story regarding his move to the Western Bulldogs
The saga came to a head on Thursday night Guy claimed the Magpies wouldn’t have considered moving Treloar if his wife hadn’t decided to move north.
‘We had some conversations with Adam and (his manager) Tim [Hazell] originally around whether his family was going to move to Queensland and whether he wanted to do that and it evolved from having that conversation to he thought he’d look at another opportunity,’ Guy told Fox Footy.
He said the move wouldn’t have been considered if Treloar’s wife continued her netball career in Victoria.
‘That was the catalyst for the discussion. We wouldn’t have looked to have that discussion… it wouldn’t have evolved from that, I wouldn’t have thought, no,’ Guy added.
However, Treloar wasn’t even sent to a Queensland club near his wife as neither Brisbane nor Gold Coast expressed interest in taking on his whopping contract worth $800,000 a season.
It’s understood Treloar only met with Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge this week.
Collingwood has traded star midfielder Adam Treloar to the Western Bulldogs. He’s pictured with wife Kim Ravaillion at the 2019 Brownlow Medal
Collingwood boss Eddie McGuire addressed the saga on his Triple M’s Hot Breakfast radio show on Friday morning.
‘It’s the toughest thing when you’re a supporter, because you love your players and your players love you,’ McGuire told listeners.
‘We got the end of this campaign… and you either say, ‘Ok, do you make the moves that need to be made to go through there?’
‘These days it’s really tough … it’s been a very hard year for everybody.
‘I hate this period.’
Magpies coach Nathan Buckley described Thursday as one of the toughest days of his career.
‘Managing contracted players who love the environment out of the club is a lose/lose situation in the short term. The decisions aren’t popular but they were necessary,’ he tweeted.
Adam Treloar (pictured with wife Kim) is said to be brokenhearted about leaving Collingwood
Kim Ravaillion (pictured in Super Netball action) is a talented sportswoman in her own right
Numerous AFL journalists reported in recent weeks that Collingwood were keen to offload Treloar, amid concerns he’d be unable to cope being away from his young family in 2021.
Treloar has also been open about his previous anxiety and mental health battles throughout his career and previously credited his partner for helping him find his way through it.
In August 2019 he told Fox Footy: ‘If it wasn’t for my partner Kimmy, for Nick Maxwell, Bucks, Jacqui [Louder] who is my psych/really, really good friend and my family, I probably wouldn’t be playing footy, to be honest with you.’
Ravaillion, 27, has played 57 games for Australia and previously played the last three Super Netball seasons with Collingwood.
She took 2020 off following the birth of her first child Georgie Olive in March
Collingwood was slammed by past and current players over the Treloar move.
‘Would love to chat to some of Ned Guy’s former school mates, just wonder how his lunchbox swaps went,’ former Collingwood and Carlton star Dale Thomas tweeted.
Treloar was keen to stay at Collingwood, despite the prospect of being separated from his wife and baby girl (pictured together)
Treloar’s former GWS teammate Sam Darley added: ‘One day all will be revealed but all I can say is Ads is one happy man to be a Western Bulldog but as much as it’s a business the way he was treated was embarrassing. Understand it’s a business but wow hope it’s all told one day.’
The Magpies on Thursday night thanked Treloar for his services and said the trade gave the 27-year-old ‘the opportunity to make an impression at his third club’.
‘For some time we have held the view that this year’s draft represents an excellent opportunity to address some of our needs,’ Guy’s statement read.
‘We think in the short term we can improve from within but we can also now strengthen the profile of our list for the medium and longer term. This deal improves significantly our ability to do that.’
Treloar played 94 games over five seasons for Collingwood.
He joined the Magpies in 2016 after four seasons with GWS Giants.
Collingwood claim Adam Treloar wouldn’t have been traded if his wife Kim (pictured together) chose remained to stay in Victoria