Magpies won’t ‘go after Treloar

The Western Bulldogs don’t expect Collingwood players to “go after” Adam Treloar on Friday night.

And coach Luke Beveridge said the new Bulldog had managed the hype leading in to his showdown with his old team “wonderfully well” after what was an emotional and acrimonious exit from the Magpies.

Treloar isn’t the first player to go up against his old club, but the spotlight has been on the midfielder all week.

Beveridge said he had no issue with Treloar doing media interviews in the lead-up to the game talking about his tumultuous off-season and didn’t think it would impact his debut performance for the Dogs.

“It’s important the individual manages it as best they can. Adam seems to be on top of it,” Beveridge said on Thursday.

“He’s gone through some injury and some physical battles in recent times and that shows you that he is. It’s not affecting anyone else to any detriment and that’s always an important consideration.

It will be more of a relief after the game to have played and been able to get this one out of the way. He seems to be managing things wonderfully well.”

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Beveridge said he didn’t need to get involved in the “tit for tat” arguments about just why Treloar was forced out of Collingwood.

Some of his ex-teammates have suggested there will be “banter” with Treloar at the MCG, with Magpie ruckman Mason Cox suggesting he would “definitely talk a bit of smack to him”.

But none of them harbour him any ill will to make the star midfielder a target for extra treatment.

“Adam has really strong relationships with his former teammates, so it’s not one of those situations where you think they are going to go after him or anything like that,” Beveridge said.

Treloar will be one of four new Bulldogs taking on the Magpies, and the role played by new big man Stefan Martin could be as important as anything Treloar does.

Collingwood ruckman Brody Grundy has destroyed the Dogs in recent seasons, and while Beveridge said emerging Bulldogs ruckman Tim English would go up another gear this season, the extra help from Martin could be crucial.

“It surprised us he was so dominant (Grundy) was last year. I do feel like we are better prepared and Stef will be really important in that equation,” Beveridge said.

“Each year you are going to get increments in growth and there might be a time when (English) really imposes himself on the competition. We’d love that to be soon.

“ He’s shown signs he’s capable of doing that. I’d rather not crystal ball his immediate impact, but he’s done a big pre-season and he’s ready.”

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