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FOOTY'S worst kept trade secret has been confirmed with Greater Western Sydney midfielder Adam Treloar formally requesting a move in the off-season.
GWS released a statement on Tuesday evening, saying that the Victorian had rejected the club's contract offer to remain a Giant beyond this year.
At the beginning of the season most expected the Giants to lose a host of out-of-contract young talent, but they've managed to re-sign the likes of star forward Jeremy Cameron and gun midfielders Dylan Shiel, Stephen Coniglio and Devon Smith.
GWS footy manager Graeme Allan said that the club had done everything in its power to keep Treloar in Sydney.
“We put in place a player retention strategy some time ago and we’ve been delighted that so many players have re-signed with the club over the last 12 months,” Allan said.
“The majority of our players have re-signed to keep this playing group together as they understand we are building something special and they want to be a part of it.
"We've had an attractive offer in front of Adam's management all year, but ultimately we have been unable to meet his financial requirements.
“We have no plans to deviate from the list management strategy that has proved so successful for the club to date.
“Adam has been a popular and outstanding member of our playing group since arriving at the club in 2011. We thank him for his valuable contribution during that time and we wish him well for the future.
“We will now pursue the best possible outcome for the Giants."
Treloar is believed to have nominated Collingwood as his club of choice, although a number of Melbourne clubs have expressed interest in the classy on-baller.
The Magpies have reportedly offered Treloar a long-term deal believed to be worth about $750,000 a season, although Richmond is also believed to be extremely keen to win his services.
The 22 year-old led the Giants with 577 possessions at an average of 27.5 per game in 2015.