Collingwood key forward Mason Cox doesn’t have an issue with being thrown up in trade negotiations.
It was reported by The Age that Essendon approached the Magpies about a potential trade for the key forward and Cox believes it’s simply a part of the business of sport.
“I hate to say it, but we are pawns in a bigger game and it is what it is,” he told SEN Breakfast.
“Clubs have got to make decisions to make salary caps and everything else and conversations will be had without your approval, but at the end of the day it is a business and you’ve got to do what’s best for yourself and the club has got to do what’s best for themselves and unfortunately sometimes those two don’t align.”
Cox reiterated that he personally never had any discussions with Essendon and says he is happy to be staying at Collingwood.
“The AFL put something on Twitter saying I was personally talking to Essendon. That never happened. I was never talking to anyone from that club. Whether or not the clubs were having conversations, that’s something that probably happens on a daily basis with every single player on the list,” Cox said.
“I was probably ignorant to it, but I was never personally contacted by Essendon and never sought out any trade.
“So yeah, it was quite interesting. It’s the first time I’ve been in talks in the trade period, it’s a bit of misreading from some people and misreporting which I guess is the nature of the beast.
“It is what it is, I’m happy I’m still staying at Collingwood and nothing changes for me, we keep moving on.”