Brendon Goddard cannot believe Collingwood is reportedly pushing gun midfielder Adam Treloar out the door because they’re worried about how he’ll handle being away from his partner and young daughter.
According to a report in The Age on Tuesday, part of the Pies’ reasoning for looking to offload Treloar is due to both their salary cap issues and concerns around him juggling football and family in 2021.
Netballer Kim Ravaillion – who is Treloar’s partner – announced earlier this month that she was moving to Queensland to play for the Firebirds, with the pair’s daughter to live up north with her next year.
Goddard isn’t happy with the way Collingwood is handling the situation, saying their current stance is “insensitive” and “totally wrong”.
“How are you getting this so wrong,” he said on AFL Trade Radio’s Trade Mornings.
“The reason that you want the guy to leave the footy club, because you don’t believe he’s going to get the best out of himself because his family is living away, that’s so insensitive, wrong and based on assumptions.
“It’s the totally wrong way to look at it, you should be wrapping your arms around this guy and saying that ‘you’re going to get through this and we’re going to make this easier for you’, to use it as an excuse (to get rid of him) … I don’t accept that at all. This is looking worse and worse for Collingwood."
Goddard said the way Collingwood is approaching the Treloar situation reflected poorly on the club, calling for more support to be given to Treloar in Melbourne rather them looking for a trade.
“It’s getting worse and worse – is this the excuse you’re giving for Adam Treloar to leave? That reflects really poorly (on them),” he said.
“They should be putting support around him and his partner, they’ve put a plan in place for her to get the best out of herself and then for Adam to get the most out of himself in Melbourne.“
Treloar, 27, is contracted to the Magpies until the end of 2025.