PERTH, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 07: Hayden Ballantyne of the Dockers in action during the 2016 AFL Round 20 match between the Fremantle Dockers and the West Coast Eagles at Domain Stadium on August 07, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Fremantle forward Hayden Ballantyne says he did not request a trade during the recent trade period, despite reports to the contrary.

Ballantyne had been linked with a move to West Coast during the off-season and admittedĀ his manager is always exploring all options, however, denied requesting a move to the Eagles.

“My ambition was always to stay as a Fremantle player my whole career and the fact I’m here and training hard with the boys getting ready for 2017, I’m as happy as ever,” Ballantyne said.

“(There was) a lot of outside noise, but I’ve got used to a lot of outside noise through my career.

“My manager does a great job and he dealt with all the rubbish outside. For me, it didn’t faze me in the slightest.

“I didn’t ask for a tradeā€¦ (I was) open to look at all the possibilities for my football career.”

Ballantyne, who has a year to run on his contract, played 20 games and kicked 26 goals last season, with a fractured cheekbone sidelining him for two games late in the year.