The AFL world is waiting with bated breath as the futures of Jaidyn Stephenson, Jeremy Cameron and Adam Treloar remain in limbo on the last day of the Trade Period.
Treloar is contracted to Collingwood until the end of 2025 but because of his heavily back-ended contract, is being shown the door to help bend the Pies’ salary cap back into shape.
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The 27-year-old was adamant he wanted to stay at the club and honour his deal but his relationship with the Magpies may be broken beyond repair.
He’s made contact with the Western Bulldogs, who are waiting on the results of a medical before deciding if they will make an official play.
SEN’s Sam Edmund reports Collingwood will need to pay $300,000 of Treloar’s $900,000-a-year salary, because the Dogs are only willing to cough up $600,000 for the gun midfielder.
“Will the Pies pay $1.5 million — $300,000 a year — over the next five years just to get Treloar out of the club?” Edmund asked.
Herald Sun reporter Jon Ralph told Trading Day Treloar is “broken hearted” with how things have played out, and it’s possible he may actually endure one last awkward season at Collingwood before flying the coop.
“He just feels like as much as he might have to stay at Collingwood if the Bulldogs withdraw their interest — and that medical has not yet come through despite the meeting — he just can’t see any way in which he’ll be there, given the way that the club has treated him,” Ralph said.
“I think Collingwood just has to get him out. Call it $250,000 of a $900,000-a-year contract, they need to move on this cap space to try and stay in the window.”
St Kilda great Leigh Montagna added: “It would look bad on Collingwood now if he actually came back to the club. There’s no way the Collingwood Football Club could try and save face with Adam Treloar walking back through the door.”
CAMERON SITUATION A ‘VOLCANO WAITING TO EXPLODE’
GWS and Geelong have been unable to agree on terms to trade Cameron, who wants to move to Victoria next year. The Giants matched the Cats’ monster offer in a free agency first, but so far the two parties haven’t been able to strike a deal.
Geelong has three first round picks and AFL legend turned media personality Kane Cornes believes GWS wants all three if it’s to release the key forward.
“Clearly the asking price, and I think rightly so for the Giants, is those three first round picks Geelong has,” Cornes told AFL Trade Radio.
“And currently all three of them aren’t on the table, I’m talking about (picks) 13, 15 and 20, but they have been pushed back and on draft night they will be pushed back.
“I just think that those three picks are fair and I think it is a fair price to ask for Jeremy Cameron, a player that Geelong is paying $950,000 over six years.
“I get the feeling Geelong will need to make this happen with the threat of Cameron going to the draft and perhaps risking a North Melbourne making a play for him in the draft.”
Speaking on Nine, Cornes added: “The fact Geelong haven’t put pick 13 in front of the Giants for Jeremy Cameron, who’s the best forward in the game, is comical.
“If I’m the Giants I’m saying, ‘What are you doing? This is a trade situation and you’re not even going to put your first pick up for the moment’.
“This is a deal … that will get done but it’s just been an absolute waste of two teams trying to haggle for something that eventually will happen.”
Herald Sun reporter Jon Ralph told Fox Footy’s Trading Day: “This is a volcano waiting to blow — this is Vesuvius.
“GWS are saying, ‘We’ve got salary cap room, we’ve got a pick before you — we’ll just get him’.
“It’s such a high-risk strategy. I can’t see any way Geelong in the end won’t have to give up close to three first rounders.”
STEPHENSON STILL UNDECIDED
Stephenson was the 2018 Rising Star but has fallen out of favour with Collingwood after a disappointing 2020, and is being ushered out as part of the club’s salary cap dump.
North Melbourne is reportedly only willing to offer a second-round pick for the 21-year-old, according to The Age, while the Pies will consider keeping him on their books unless they receive a first-rounder in return.
The Kangaroos have tabled a five-year, $2.5 million offer to Stephenson, who would like to stay in the black and white but is considering his options.
Edmund tweeted: “Flip a coin on Jaidyn Stephenson. The offer is there from North Melbourne, but unclear if Collingwood is willing chip in some $$.
“Stephenson was planning to sleep on it last night, but everything points to this going down to the wire. Big decision.”
The Trade Period ends tonight at 7.30pm AEDT.