Buckley laughs off talk of Cloke trade

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    Nathan Buckley sees Travis Cloke as untouchable and Jason Dunstall’s AFL trade suggestion as laughable.

    While Collingwood president Eddie McGuire could see the logic behind Dunstall’s idea of trading Cloke, the Magpies coach was much more blunt in his dismissal.

    “It’s laughable – Trav’s a leader of the football club, he’s one of the best power forwards in the competition and he’s part of our plans and our future,” Buckley said.

    Dunstall said on Monday night that he was not suggesting Collingwood should “just chuck Cloke out”, but floated the idea of trading him now while he had strong value.

    “It’s not an insane thing to say,” McGuire said on Triple M.

    “It wont happen, but that’s where your list management is … it’s not come up at any football meetings at Collingwood.”

    McGuire also rejected Dunstall’s notion that Collingwood might be three or four years from a premiership.

    Cloke was a late withdrawal from last Friday night’s upset win over Geelong and Buckley doubts he will be ready for their season-ending game on Sunday against Essendon.

    While Cloke is going nowhere, there is growing speculation that GWS star Adam Treloar will join Collingwood.

    “Treloar is a player who finds himself on the back page more often than not over the last couple of weeks,” Buckley said.

    “We’ll be looking at improving our list any way we possibly can and that will look at the whole range of players that we think are going to do that.

    “Adam Treloar would be one of those.”

    After starting the season with an 8-3 run, the Magpies are 12th on 10-11 and will miss the finals for the second-straight season.

    But Buckley is bullish about what lies ahead.

    “There’s an underlying sense of frustration that we were near enough, but not good enough, often enough during the year,” he said.

    “But we were really encouraged by our response last week and we want to see more of the same on Sunday.

    “We’ve seen some really positive signs around what we’ve been able to achieve over the last 12 months.

    “We’ve been more competitive against the better teams.”

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    • September 2nd 2015 @ 1:53am
      jax said | September 2nd 2015 @ 1:53am | ! Report

      Dunstall might be genuine or he may want to see Cloke at the Hawks and knows that the Hawks have the talent to trade for him. I’m sure the topic was discussed by list management at the Pies today. It will be interesting to see how this ends as Eddie seems open to at least exploring it while Bucks shut it down quickly.

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        September 2nd 2015 @ 8:04am
        Wilson said | September 2nd 2015 @ 8:04am | ! Report

        Hawks would not want him, they have gone away from the one tall target style of there game. with on average of 9 -10 goal scores per game.

        I think a team would be some one that is in need of a strong forward to build around more maybe: Carlton, Lions, Bombers. would be 3 team that I think would need someone like him more and have the Draft Pick to do it as well.

        the only other but I don’t think they would want him is Freo as a replacement for when Pav retires.

    • September 2nd 2015 @ 6:15pm
      WhereIsGene said | September 2nd 2015 @ 6:15pm | ! Report

      Freo would love Cloke. Serial shanker though he is, he’d still be better than any tall forward on their list now that Pav is cooked. Rumor is though that they’re into Kruezer and will move heaven & earth to get him instead. Can’t get enough injury-prone talls can Ross the Boss it seems.

    • September 2nd 2015 @ 9:02pm
      AB said | September 2nd 2015 @ 9:02pm | ! Report

      Hard to see how Cloke fits into a Hawthorn team built on multiple forward targets, versatility and precision kicking. Cloke is a clear mismatch on every one of those criteria.

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