Footy star Caleb Poulter and his glamorous girlfriend reveal their shocking reaction to being sacked by Collingwood, with the Dogs midfielder breaking down and ‘ghosting’ his teammates.
- Poulter screamed after being eliminated by the team
- Young soccer star outshone his teammates
- The partner says that it was difficult for the relationship.
Western Bulldogs mid-season recruit Caleb Poulter and his influential girlfriend have described Poulter’s shocking reaction to being delisted by Collingwood last year.
Poulter, who was the 30th pick in the 2020 Draft, played just 12 games for Collingwood between 2021 and 2022 before being surprisingly delisted. The Bulldogs have since taken him in this year’s midseason draft.
The 194cm left-hander found out he had been sacked over the phone while on holiday in Bali with teammate Sam Guggenheimer, and the 20-year-old soccer star did not take the news well.
“I came out (of the villa) and you were bawling, you were crying,” Guggenheimer said on the Just For Girls podcast.
‘You just said ‘I’ve been unlisted’, those are the words you said ‘I’ve been unlisted, I’ve been unlisted’.
Bulldogs recruit Caleb Poulter (pictured with teammate Sam Guggenheimer) admits he didn’t react well when Collingwood cut him off the roster
Poulter’s hack put a strain on their relationship and the soccer star outshone his teammates
“From there, we tried to enjoy our vacation, but I think there were a lot of questions hanging over our heads.”
Guggenheimer said the shocking news caused Poulter to ‘ghost’ everyone, including his Collingwood teammate and then-housemate Jack Crisp.
“You were very bad at communicating with people, you fooled everyone, you fooled your teammates, you fooled Jack, you fooled your coaches, you were like ‘fuck ’em in a way,” he said.
“I think you were a little angry, you didn’t really have any answers, no one really answered your questions, so you were like ‘f—this’ and you threw it all away.”
The young gun believes he “fell out of favor” with the coaches at Collingwood, and handled the issue incorrectly.
“Obviously I was pretty upset at the time,” he said.
‘Instead of treating it the right way, I just stopped responding to everyone.
“I think I was just one of those who fell out of favor and that’s how it is sometimes in a professional setting.”
The former Magpie made his debut for the Western Bulldogs against Fremantle
Guggenheimer said the change was also hard on the couple’s relationship.
“You were trying to get an AFL contract but I don’t think you were necessarily working hard for it, you lost a bit of confidence and faith,” he said.
‘Going from being drafted, having a full-time career in the AFL, making a lot of money, having all these friends…everything had changed.
“Looking at you with no confidence and no drive in your soul because you were so hurt, it was hard on our relationship.”
Poulter had 12 disposals on his debut for the Western Bulldogs two weeks ago at Marvel Stadium against Fremantle, his first AFL game since playing round 9 of 2022.