It has emerged that Collingwood and Gold Cold held secret talks in the second half of the season on a trade that could’ve sent star midfielder Adam Treloar north.
Talks were reportedly abandoned when Treloar promptly shut down the idea.
Gold Coast were reluctant to part ways with their No. 1 pick, which they are keen to use on Victorian young gun Matt Rowell.
While it is unknown which club raised the trade idea first, it is believed that Collingwood considered it “for a little bit”, something that didn’t sit well with Treloar.
The Suns secret plan to lure the 26-year old came just after he reportedly signed a new lucrative four-year contract extension with the Pies which has not yet been made public.
The new deal would tie the silky onballer to the Holden Centre until the end of 2025.
He is coming off a dominant season in the black and white, leading the league in disposals at an average of just under 33 per game and finishing fourth in Pies’ Copeland Trophy count.
Earlier in the season, Treloar opened up on his off-field battles with anxiety, revealing how much he loves Collingwood and his teammates.
“If it wasn’t for them guys, the love and support from my teammates (I would have stopped playing),” Treloar told Fox Footy earlier this year.
“I love those guys, I love the Collingwood Football Club; I’m always going to be a black and white man. I absolutely love the place — still have my struggles — but from where I (was) 12 months ago I am that far ahead.”