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Cloke ‘not highly regarded’ in industry right now

When Travis Cloke claimed some people at the club had lost faith in him, he was just saying the obviously truth according to Leigh Matthews.

Cloke came under criticism for perhaps taking aim at Collingwood coach Nathan Buckley, when he said that people inside the club had written him off.

However Matthews suggests Cloke’s comments would not have raised any concerns at the club.

‘Well that’s true, because he’s playing reserves. In other words, the selection committee is picking a team without him at the moment,’ he said on Sports Today.

Collingwood will line up against the Western Bulldogs on Sunday afternoon at the MCG, but Cloke has once again been left out of the side.

The selection snub means he will not play any football this weekend, because the Collingwood VFL team has a bye.

When playing at his best, the big-bodied forward’s contested marking is as good as any player in the game.

Poor form over the last 12 months has meant he has come under more and more scrutiny and Leigh Matthews now believes his trade value is diminished significantly.

‘They’re not at the top of the ladder, they’ve been struggling a bit and he hasn’t been getting a game.’

‘So I don’t know whether Travis is highly regarded in the industry at the moment.’

His current contract expires at the end of 2017 and Matthews does not expect him to play it out at another club.

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