A high profile footy star has broken down after revealing the hurt over his messy off-season footy divorce that saw his netball star wife blamed for his switch to a rival team.
Gun AFL midfielder Adam Treloar is now on the books of the Western Bulldogs following five seasons with Victorian rivals Collingwood – and his move to Whitten Oval has infuriated many Magpies fans.
Speaking on Fox Footy’s AFL 360, Treloar admitted the ugly split has taken its toll, particularly the way his fiancee, Queensland Firebirds Super Netball recruit Kim Ravaillon, was blamed for his departure.
Collingwood was forced to trade Treloar – and two other stars Jaidyn Stephenson and Tom Phillips – to rival clubs because of salary-cap pressure, but rather than take the blame for wage mismanagement, the club said trading Treloar was due to concerns about his mental well-being.
Treloar had suffered from depression before, and the theory was circulated that he would not be able to handle being separated from his fiancee and new baby when she went up to Queensland to play and that would harm his performance.
That caused some Magpies fans to blame her for Treloar’s exit rather than the club take the blame for failing to properly manage the salary cap and therefore be forced into releasing star players.
‘I don’t know what you’re doing to me Robbo, but you’re going to start making me cry and I don’t want to cry,’ he told co-host Mark Robinson.
Adam Treloar has lashed out at his former club Collingwood after they blamed his wife Kim’s move to Queensland as the reason for his messy departure
‘With Kim being pregnant… I watched that closely and I just loved it and appreciated it… it’s what motivated me everyday.
‘The situation then turned on her, which was hurtful because the story should have been this incredible woman, who sacrificed her body for nine months to have Georgie.
‘For her to do that and for that message to be missed, that was really challenging for me.’
Treloar also insisted revenge won’t be on his mind when his new team take on Collingwood at the MCG this Friday night in their 2021 season opener.
‘I won’t go out there and think, ‘I was treated wrong. I was treated bad. I’m just going to show everyone’. I’m not like that,’ he said.
‘It (Collingwood) was a place I loved, I wanted to retire there.’
Earlier this month, Ravaillion was scathing in her assessment of the Magpies’ club culture.
‘All those lies were not the reason they got rid of him, there was another reason (the club’s salary cap),’ she said.
‘It was an emotional roller-coaster. ‘They (Collingwood) started to say to Adam, ‘It’s bad for your mental health, you won’t be able to handle the move’, and Adam said, ‘That’s up to me, it’s not up to you to decide’.
‘Then they started to blame it on me (after Australian netballer Ravaillon inked a professional netball contract in Queensland). They were making excuses for why he’s going when in actual fact they just wanted him gone.’
After weeks of ongoing speculation, Treloar was traded to the Western Bulldogs in a last minute deal on the final day of AFL trade period on November 12 last year.
There was rampant speculation about his future during the AFL trade period after his wife signed with Super Netball club Queensland Firebirds – with expectations he would follow her and sign with one of the two Queensland AFL clubs.
Collingwood list manager Ned Guy said the Magpies wouldn’t have considered moving Treloar on if his wife continued her netball career in Victoria – indicating the club felt he wouldn’t be able to handle being without her.
Treloar expressed his bitter disappointment in how things at the Magpies played out externally when quizzed by the media about his move.
Adam Treloar struggled to compose himself in a emotional interview on Fox Footy
New Western Bulldogs player Adam Treloar has spoken out about his messy exit from Collingwood. He’s pictured with wife Kim and baby daughter Georgie on Friday
‘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.
‘They were adamant that they had to move me on… they genuinely thought I wasn’t going to manage being away from my family.’
He also claimed Magpies coach Nathan Buckley called him to inform him the senior playing group no longer wanted him at the club – something Buckley has previously denied.
‘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.’
The Magpies were concerned Adam Treloar wouldn’t cope with being separated from his wife Kim Ravaillion and baby girl Georgie (pictured together)
Adam Treloar and coach Nathan Buckley in happier times at Collingwood in 2018
He also hit back at Guy’s comments made hours earlier about his family situation, adding he wishes things had not played out so publicly.
Treloar wore the red white and blue colours for the first time at Western Bulldogs club headquarters at a photo shoot in November, where he was joined by his wife and their eight-month-old Georgie.
He also posted a video message for Bulldogs fans.
‘It’s been a crazy, crazy 15 hours for me. I’m excited to be here at Whitten Oval as a Western Bulldogs football player,’ he said.
‘I couldn’t be more pumped about chucking on this Bulldogs polo and eventually getting to know everyone.’
‘I’m just thrilled to be here for the rest of my career.’
Adam Treloar’s wife posted a Instagram story regarding his move to the Western Bulldogs
Collingwood has traded star midfielder Adam Treloar to the Western Bulldogs. He is pictured with wife Kim Ravaillion at the 2019 Brownlow Medal
The saga then came to a head when Guy publicly claimed the Magpies wouldn’t have considered moving Treloar if his wife hadn’t decided to move north with their baby girl.
‘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.
He said the move wouldn’t have been considered if Treloar’s wife continued her netball career in Victoria.
‘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,’ Guy added.
However, Treloar wasn’t even sent to a Queensland club near his wife as neither Brisbane nor Gold Coast could accommodate his contract worth around $800,000 a season.
It’s understood Treloar only met with Bulldogs coach Luke Beveridge a few days before signing on with the club.
Adam Treloar (pictured with wife Kim) is said to be brokenhearted about leaving Collingwood
Kim Ravaillion (pictured in Super Netball action) is a talented sportswoman in her own right
Former Collingwood president Eddie McGuire later addressed the saga on his Triple M’s Hot Breakfast radio show.
‘It’s the toughest thing when you’re a supporter, because you love your players and your players love you,’ McGuire told listeners.
‘We got the end of this campaign… and you either say, ‘OK, do you make the moves that need to be made to go through there?’
‘These days it’s really tough … it’s been a very hard year for everybody.
‘I hate this period.’
Magpies coach Nathan Buckley described having to tell the trio of senior players they were being traded was ‘one of the toughest days of his career.’
‘Managing contracted players who love the environment out of the club is a lose/lose situation in the short term. The decisions aren’t popular but they were necessary,’ he tweeted.
Treloar has also been open about his previous anxiety and mental health battles throughout his career and previously credited his partner for helping him find his way through it.
In August 2019 he told Fox Footy: ‘If it wasn’t for my partner Kimmy, for Nick Maxwell, Bucks, Jacqui [Louder] who is my psych/really, really good friend and my family, I probably wouldn’t be playing footy, to be honest with you.’
Ravaillion, 27, has played 57 games for Australia and previously played the last three Super Netball seasons with Collingwood.
She took 2020 off following the birth of her first child Georgie Olive in March.
Collingwood was also slammed by past and current players over the controversial Treloar move.
‘Would love to chat to some of Ned Guy’s former school mates, just wonder how his lunchbox swaps went,’ former Collingwood and Carlton star Dale Thomas tweeted.
Treloar was keen to stay at Collingwood, despite the prospect of being separated from his wife and baby girl (pictured together)
Collingwood claim Adam Treloar wouldn’t have been traded if his wife Kim (pictured together) chose remained to stay in Victoria
Treloar’s former GWS teammate Sam Darley added: ‘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.’
Following his ugly exit, the Magpies thanked Treloar for his services and said the trade gave the 27-year-old ‘the opportunity to make an impression at his third club’.
‘For some time we have held the view that this year’s draft represents an excellent opportunity to address some of our needs,’ Guy’s statement read.
‘We think in the short term we can improve from within but we can also now strengthen the profile of our list for the medium and longer term. This deal improves significantly our ability to do that.’
Treloar played 94 games over five seasons for Collingwood, including the 2018 grand final defeat to West Coast.
He joined the Magpies in 2016 after four seasons with GWS Giants.