CARLTON reject Brendan Fevola sought a last-minute trade to Collingwood after the Blues’ deal with Brisbane broke down on the final day of trade week.Fevola revealed yesterday he telephoned Magpies president Eddie McGuire last Friday, urging him to strike a deal with the Blues so he could stay in Melbourne.”It’s a terrible week to be a part of. I never thought I would be a part of it,” Fevola said on McGuire’s Triple M radio program.”I think Friday, about 10am, the deal was off and I rang you [McGuire] and said: ‘See what the Pies can do because I think it’s over.’ ”McGuire confirmed the approach: ”We were into it, but they [Carlton] wouldn’t deal.”Fevola also said he wanted to play for St Kilda before Carlton and Brisbane reached a new deal in which the 28-year-old will move to the Gabba in exchange for pick 12 and young Lion Lachie Henderson.”I wanted to go to the Pies, but Eddie couldn’t get a deal done,” Fevola said. ”I don’t think the Blues wanted to deal with the Pies. It would have been nice to stay in Melbourne, but that’s the beauty of our game, it’s a national game and you can go anywhere.”I would have loved to have gone to the Saints as well, but I don’t think they could have fit me in the salary cap. But when Brisbane came up and the way they’ve traded, it was just a win-win for both clubs and to come up here away from Melbourne with the beautiful weather and the wife loving Brisbane, it made it a little easier.”Fevola, who is holidaying on the Gold Coast, admitted it would be strange taking on his old teammates in round two next year – minus skipper Chris Judd who is suspended until round four for making contact to the face of Brisbane’s Michael Rischitelli.”When the deal happened I was rapt that we’re not playing the first game against Carlton in Melbourne,” he said. ”Obviously we’ll have the Brisbane supporters there and hopefully it’ll be jam-packed and hopefully we get a win and I play well.”It’ll be interesting playing against the boys. I’ve pretty much spoken to every player at Carlton, they’ve all either rang or [sent] texts and when you do get those text messages it’s quite sad what some of the boys say. Playing against them when I’ve known pretty much every player since 18 and I’ve been there since 17, so 11 years at one club, it will be hard but once that ball’s bounced. It’ll be weird.”The AFL, meanwhile, says it continues to take ”extremely seriously” allegations that Fevola sexually assaulted a female journalist from the Herald Sun during his infamous Brownlow Medal binge. The league’s operations manager, Adrian Anderson, last night told 3AW that the AFL was ”ready, willing and able to take action”.”At this stage, the woman involved does not wish to make a complaint to us … but as soon as she’s ready to talk to us, we’d like to do so,” he said.¦Injuries have forced Essendon utility Hayden Skipworth to hang up his boots after just one season at Windy Hill. The 26-year-old announced yesterday that persistent hamstring and knee problems this year meant he had no other choice.Skipworth played 44 games for Adelaide before he was delisted at the end of 2006. He thanked the club and supporters.With AAP
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