Guy defends Pies Trade Period

15 November 2020 17:26:02 GMTPlus11

Collingwood list manager Ned Guy has hit back at the critics and says their controversial Trade Period was all part of the plan to make the Pies stronger going forward.

The Pies have copped it from all angles after Jaidyn Stephenson, Atu Bosenavulagi, Tom Phillips and Adam Treloar all moved on to pastures new before the deadline passed.

However Guy says it was always Collingwood's intention to use the draft to bring in new talent and to do that something had to give.

The departure of Stephenson to North Melbourne also hit the headlines with the player suggesting he wanted to stay and was forced out.

However Guy has a different view of matters and says the player was pushing for a move to the Roos.

"[Collingwood had] continual discussions throughout [and] beyond the exit process with Jaidyn and his management. It just got to the point where Jaidyn was keen to play at North Melbourne," Guy said.

"It's part of a plan we all put together and one we executed today [Thursday]. As I said we wanted to replenish and add some talent to our list and we want to do that through the draft.

"I don't think it's a fire sale at all. I think we just wanted to replenish the list. To be able to get into the first round, you've got to be able to give something up."

Guy also went on to confirm that Tom Phillips wanted to play on the wing and with that in mind they were happy for him to complete a move to Hawthorn, who could offer him that role.

Collingwood are priced at 12/1 to win the 2021 AFL grand final.

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