Rory Atkins says he was unaware
that his name was thrown up in trade discussions for Carlton star Bryce Gibbs.
"I was actually in America at the time and I had no idea about it, saw an article written and it was the first time I heard anything about it," Atkins said.
"I called my manager straight away and he said, 'No mate, we haven't spoken to the club about that'."
Atkins says he is keen to improve his consistency, having trained for a week at the University of Southern California football program during the off-season.
"Just not fading in and out of games," Atkins said of his goals for 2017.
"I played a few good games last year where I got a bit of the ball, and also playing to team structures.
"I feel I can go to the next level this year and really impose my mark on some football games."