Adam Ramanauskas, the manager of Mason Cox, has confirmed that Essendon and Collingwood did hold discussions regarding the future of the forward.
Sam McClure reported on Tuesday that the Bombers had made an approach to the Magpies surrounding Cox’s future, suggesting it was unlikely a deal would get done, but that there was definitely a conversation had.
The report was quickly shut down by Essendon and even Cox himself took to Twitter to shoot down the claims.
McClure however stood by his story on Wednesday morning and Ramanauskas has backed that up, suggesting preliminary discussions, which is what McClure reported, did take place.
“They had conversations, but it got put to bed very quickly,” Ramanauskas told RSN.
“Collingwood at no stage ever put Cox on the table.”
Damian Barrett says he is confused by Essendon’s decision to deny the story.
“That’s the manager of the player in question saying Collingwood didn’t put him up, but there were conversations,” he told Telstra AFL Trade Radio.
“You’ve got a manager of a player now admitting conversations. What part of Sam’s article was Adrian Dodoro rebutting?”