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Eddie McGuire blames AFL’s trade radio after Collingwood Magpies trade mess

Eddie McGuire has laid the blame for his club’s tumultuous trade period as he announced his decision to step down as Collingwood president at the end of 2021.

During a fan forum on Monday night, McGuire said that certain conditions created the “perfect storm” for the club’s trade period in which a number of stars were pushed out of the club for minimal return.

In particular he said the AFL’s trade radio created hysteria around Collingwood at a time when the club was keeping quiet to protect confidentiality towards players.

“There’s a new dynamic now and it’s trade radio, it’s great for people who love the footy and are following it all the time, great for the media, the AFL, (but) it’s not great for the people involved in it — bad luck,” McGuire said.

“But what also happened was after a month of ‘will Jeremy Cameron get to Geelong?’ there came a new story there that was pretty big, it was a big story and it took off from there.

“The guys were trying to protect confidentiality that was given to different players but also try to do the deal that we needed to get done in difficult circumstances so it was a bit of a perfect storm this year.”

Adam Treloar will play for the Western Bulldogs from 2021. Credit: Getty

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