Western Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge left a lasting impression on new recruit Adam Treloar.
The Bulldogs secured Treloar’s signature from Collingwood in a last-ditch move just seconds before trade deadline on Thursday night.
Treloar’s decision to pursue a move to the Dogs was down to the positive talks he held with Beveridge who centred the conversation around his family.
“I chose to meet with the Bulldogs and I fell in love straight away after chatting with Bevo (Luke Beveridge) and Sam Power (list manager),” Treloar told SEN Drive.
“One thing I must say is when I first met Bevo he was talking about Kimmy (Ravaillion) more so than me, asking about her netball career and when we met.
“It was quite nice to talk about Kimmy and her netball career and not me and the support he was showing Kim and showing me and letting me know that if there’s ever a time where I need to go up there (Queensland) for any particular reason or she needs to come down here (Victoria), they’re massive advocates for it and they’re going to support it.
“I loved hearing that from Bevo and I loved hearing that from the players.
The 27-year-old spoke glowingly about the Bulldogs and is eager to start a new chapter in his career after a messy departure from the Magpies.
“From afar, I’ve always admired the way the Dogs go about it,” Treloar said.
“They’re such a well-respected club and loved side form the outside. I know there’s a lot of people who just love the Western Bulldogs.
“Looking at the group of guys they have and the players that they have was a massive drawcard. The midfield is exciting and with Dunks (Josh Dunkley) staying, it’s really exciting for me.
“I’m at a stage in my career where I just want to win … I just want to win a premiership. And that’s what I’m chasing.
“Meeting the guys today I can see that the hunger’s there. I just can’t wait to get started.”
Treloar was never interested in a move to Queensland and always had his heart set on staying in Victoria.
“With all due respect to the Brisbane Lions and the Gold Coast Suns, I just didn’t want to move to move out of Victoria because my own family and friends are here, and this is the home of footy,” he said.
“That was my initial conversation saying that I didn’t want to go anywhere and right up until Monday this week I still thought I was going to be a Collingwood player and then it wasn’t until around Tuesday or Wednesday where the reality was we had to choose a club in a way – and that’s exactly what I did.”
Treloar confirmed that senior Collingwood players wanted him out of the club once the 2020 season concluded.
He had five years to run on his contract at the Magpies.