Malthouse says he was deceived by Waite following a discussion at the Blues coaches’ house a week ago.
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Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has lashed out at Jarrad Waite’s decision to leave the club, saying he was deceived by the key forward.
Waite told the Blues on Monday that he would be leaving the club to exercise his rights as a free agent, but did not specify which club he would be joining.
The injury-prone 31-year-old is believed to be heading to North Melbourne.
However, Malthouse told 5AA Radio he had been misled by Waite in a discussion he had with the player at his house.
“Im disappointed,” Malthouse said.
“He came around to my place Friday week ago. We shook hands and everything was hunky dory, and a week later he’s gone.
“I’ve got no desire to facilitate talking to players in my home when their desire is to leave.
“I’m disappointed that Jarrad chose to wait until yesterday, when we finished a month ago.
“If he had come to us at the end of the season and said ‘I’m off’, then he’s off.
“But a month later? I find that staggering.”
Despite playing just 16 games, Waite finished the season as Carlton’s highest goalkicker with 29 goals.
The Blues have been linked with a move for wantaway Western Bulldogs forward Liam Jones to cover the hole left by Waite.