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Hurt AFL star confirms ugly fiancee, coach bombshells

Adam Treloar has spoken about his messy break-up with Collingwood, after the club incredibly claimed he would still be playing for the Magpies in 2021 if his fiancee had not made the decision to continue her netball career in Queensland.Despite being contracted until the end of 2025, the 27-year-old was pushed out as the Pies…

Adam Treloar has spoken about his messy break-up with Collingwood, after the club incredibly claimed he would still be playing for the Magpies in 2021 if his fiancee had not made the decision to continue her netball career in Queensland.

Despite being contracted until the end of 2025, the 27-year-old was pushed out as the Pies shaved nearly $2 million off their salary cap this trade period, and he will play for the Western Bulldogs next year.

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Treloar’s fiancee, Kim Ravaillion, is an Australian player who used to play for Collingwood’s netball team but took the 2020 season off to give birth to the couple’s daughter, Georgie.

She fielded offers from several clubs after making a decision to return to the sport before signing with the Queensland Firebirds.

It wasn’t an easy call given it would mean taking Georgie to live interstate away from Treloar, and prompted Collingwood to see if their classy midfielder wanted to follow her north.

What followed was one of the messier exits a star player has had from an AFL club.

Treloar addressed the media about his Collingwood split on Friday, kitted out in his Bulldogs polo shirt for the first time, and confirmed the club was concerned about his family situation.

“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.

“I never considered playing footy in Queensland. It was never a reality for me.

“It was more the family side of things 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), from what I have been told, I don’t think that was their main reason (for being pushed out).

“They genuinely thought I wasn’t going to manage being away from my family.”

Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley had previously denied a report claiming he called Treloar and told him senior Collingwood players no longer wanted him at the club, saying the “constant rumour and innuendo is disrespectful to Adam, the club and our supporters”.

However, Treloar confirmed that conversation took place, but said he didn’t believe it and suggested the Magpies were saying anything they could to make him leave.

“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.”

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Treloar and Ravaillion’s names have been in headlines almost daily since she was mentioned as a possible factor in his departure and the saga – which included him being linked to the Gold Coast Suns for a time before being sent to the Bulldogs – didn’t end until the final day of the AFL Trade Period.

But to make matters worse Magpies list manager Ned Guy has claimed the club would not have even considered moving Treloar if Ravaillion hadn’t chosen to play for the Queensland Firebirds.

“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.

Asked directly if Collingwood would have looked to trade Treloar if Ravaillion had chosen to continue her career in Victoria, Guy said: “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.”

Treloar told reporters he was unhappy at Guy’s comments about his family situation, adding he wishes things had not played out so publicly.

Guy’s statements – that Treloar “thought he’d look at another opportunity” and the Magpies weren’t considering trading him until his family situation changed – contrast with the snippets we’ve heard from the Treloar camp.

Ravaillion responded to Treloar’s trade news with a post on her Instagram story showing her partner in a Bulldogs guernsey with three fire emojis. The song “Who let the dogs out” is playing in the background.

Treloar’s manager Tim Hazell said his client was disappointed “to get the tap on the shoulder”.

As the final day of the trade period began and Treloar’s future was still unsecured the Herald Sun’s Jon Ralph said “people close to him say that he is broken-hearted”.

After the Magpies sent him to the Dogs along with picks 26, 33 and 42 in the draft in exchange for pick 14, Treloar’s close friend and former GWS teammate Sam Darley tweeted: “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.”

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