Adam Treloar isn’t keen on re-connecting with Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley after cruelly being shown the door at the club he loved.
Nathan Buckley has tried to reach out to Adam Treloar since the AFL star’s messy exit from Collingwood, but so far the Magpies coach hasn’t had any luck.
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Treloar had inked a five-year, $4.5 million deal in 2019 but was shown the door before signing with the Western Bulldogs for 2021 and beyond.
There were claims Collingwood pushed Treloar out because the club was worried about his ability to perform while based away from his young daughter and wife Kim Ravaillion, who signed a contract to resume her professional netball career with the Queensland Firebirds this year.
There were also suggestions Buckley told Treloar in a phone call senior players no longer wanted him at Collingwood — a development the midfielder confirmed after joining the Dogs, but one which was disputed by the coach.
In an interview with afl.com.au, Buckley said Treloar viewed his trade as “personal”, while other discards like Tom Phillips were better able to see it as part of the business of being in the AFL.
It might be why Treloar hasn’t returned Buckley’s phone calls yet as he prepares for an opening round grudge match between his new team and Collingwood this month.
“We believe, and I believe I, show genuine love and care for our people and we really challenge the professional. And sometimes when there’s professional decisions that need to be made, it’s hard to separate the personal side of it,” Buckley said.
“I’ve reached out to ‘Ads’ a couple of times and we haven’t connected.
“We’ll let round one come and go. I hope he does really well. He’s a great guy, he’s a very talented footballer and I do wish him all the best and I look forward to re-establishing the relationship in some form.
“Obviously there’s been a lot of focus with ‘Ads’ and the way that transpired but the very same conversations were being had with Tom Phillips, and he handled it a whole lot differently and saw that it wasn’t a personal decision, it was a professional decision.
“That’s not to say that ‘Ads’ was wrong and ‘Flip’ was right, or that you don’t treat people as individuals, but for me that shows the contrasts. You can have the same conversations with two different people around exactly the same circumstances and there’s going to be two different responses.”
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