Stephenson out for Pies revenge

16 November 2020 16:30:39 GMTPlus11

Jaidyn Stephenson admits his controversial exit from Collingwood has put a chip on his shoulder and he cannot wait to face the Pies with his new club North Melbourne.

The 21-year-old had no desire to leave Collingwood and still had two years remaining on his contract when he was pushed out of the door during the Trade Period.

In a radio interview Magpies coach Nathan Buckley said the player and his representatives were well aware of the situation and the possibility of him being traded.

However Stephenson insists that is not the case and the news came as a shock to him.

"It's certainly put a little chip on my shoulder and (given me) a lot of motivation to get out there and work hard and put my best foot forward here at North," Stephenson told reporters. "I'm really looking forward to the time that comes when we get to play Collingwood."

Stephenson also believes miscommunication must have played a part as he thought he still remained in the plans of Buckley if he worked on his game.

"I think there's a difference between 'what you need to work on' and being traded," Stephenson added.

"I didn't have any indication, that's how I felt, but the (dialogue) between us obviously wasn't clear enough both ways. But it's alright, it's turned out well for me in the end."

The youngster, who kicked 76 goals in 54 games for the Pies, says he is now determined to work on his game in order to be a big a success with the Roos.

North Melbourne are priced at 200/1 to win the grand final.

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