Stephenson blasts Pies after North trade

13 November 2020 11:15:01 GMTPlus11

Jaidyn Stephenson has taken a swipe at Collingwood for the way they have handled his surprise trade to North Melbourne.

The Magpies cleared the decks somewhat before the Trade Period closed with Stephenson heading to the Roos, while Adam Treloar also completed a late switch to the Western Bulldogs.

Tom Phillips also left to join Hawthorn, with coach Nathan Buckley taking to twitter to say it was his "toughest day in footy bar none".

Stephenson has penned a five-year deal with North and although he is looking forward to a fresh challenge, he could not hide his disappointment at the way the Pies have handled it.

"It all happened very quickly at my end," he told Trade Radio. "I got a call from my manager about a week before Trade Period started and he said ' think they're putting you up for trade'. I was shocked.

"I thought I'd get on the front foot and I gave Bucks a call. He said to look for a trade and they'd facilitate it.

"He just said he doesn't know if I allowed myself to open up to the group, which I don't necessarily agree with, but if that's the way he saw it, he's the coach. But I'll definitely be endearing myself to my new teammates and coaches if that's what he thought my problem was."

Stephenson went on to admit he did not have his best season at Collingwood but now seems more determined than ever to prove the Magpies wrong.

"I'm disappointed I don't get to show my full potential at Collingwood. That's their loss and North's gain hopefully," he added.

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