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Buckley expects Cloke to stay with Magpies

Nathan Buckley and Travis Cloke after the Magpies' win over Essendon earlier this season.

Nathan Buckley and Travis Cloke after the Magpies' win over Essendon earlier this season. Photo: Paul Rovere

Collingwood AFL coach Nathan Buckley expects All-Australian forward Travis Cloke to stay with the Magpies despite bigger financial offers from other clubs.

Cloke reportedly could earn a million dollars a year if he crossed to Fremantle or GWS next season, but Buckley says the premiership hero is fully aware that there's more to consider than just cash.

"He loves the place here," Buckley told reporters on Thursday.

"He's got a great environment. He's got great mates.

"He enjoys being here as much as we enjoy him being here and his contribution."

As part of the AFL's free agency policy which begins this year, Cloke would be free to leave unless Collingwood matched a rival offer.

"I do get a little affronted seeing him in opposition guernseys in the paper," Buckley said of this week's media speculation over 25-year-old Cloke's playing future.

"I don't think I'll ever get used to that - neither will he.

"He's one of the best players in the competition. He's fighting for that mantle (as Collingwood's best player) with 'Swanny' (2011 Brownlow Medallist Dane Swan), with Scott Pendlebury (2011 club champion), with Dale Thomas.

"We're not about putting a hierarchy in place and this team will not be built on a hierarchy in the future.

"Our players, if they want to stay in this group, as successful groups have had to do in the past, will do so at a financial cost to the individual in order to stay together.

"We can't possibly as a club meet some of the offers that will cross the table of all of our individuals at various times."

Swan, Pendlebury and Thomas have all signed contract extensions with the Magpies.


7 comments so far

  • That's what Bomber said about Ablett and look what happened. The pies just have to face the facts the offer of 1 million a year, he's gone already!

    Rob Sinclair
    Date and time
    May 03, 2012, 2:48PM
    • The difference being Ablett wanted out because he had fallen out with Bomber.

      Date and time
      May 03, 2012, 4:29PM
  • Come to the Dockers, Travis. We don't rely on the revenue of poker machines to pay players wages.

    Date and time
    May 03, 2012, 4:11PM
    • ...and what West Coast were saying about Judd, and what the Western Force were saying about (throw in any name here!). Face facts Eddie and co - the days of club loyalty are gone. A football player (of any of the codes) is now a profession, and players will look for the best deal. I wouldn't be surprised if this was all a ruse from Cloke's manager to get more money out of Collingwood. And for Eddie to get in his 58 plugs per day of Collingwood in any form of media outlet!

      Date and time
      May 03, 2012, 5:15PM
      • @Rob Sinclair,

        You forget that Ablett and his coach were not speaking and that his coach was taking thinly veiled pot shots at him for much of that season. All the while that coach was plotting with the Essendon FC. Different scenario here with Collingwood, Buckley and Cloke.

        We may lose a player this year, but it won't be Travis Cloke.

        Date and time
        May 03, 2012, 6:47PM
        • I hope Mr Cloke you are smart enough to act in your own best interest and make as much out of football as you can. Remember Collingwood will dump you in a flash if it suits them. Just ask Leon or Mick.

          The hill
          Date and time
          May 03, 2012, 9:59PM
          • I agree, Rob. A far more sensible approach at the interview would have been for Nathan to say "We are devastated. We've read a Herald Sun article and now must accept that Travis has decided to leave the club. I mean they photoshopped a jumper on him and everything. They wouldn't do that unless it were true." See if Collingwood will give you a job as media advisor. You're genius is going to waste being limited to commenting online.

            Sob Rinclair
            Date and time
            May 04, 2012, 5:28AM

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