In the midfield ranks of the competition, Kane Cornes doesn’t buy into North Melbourne midfielder Ben Cunnington being considered ‘elite’.
Cunnington, 28, is considered one of the club’s most important players and that showed in 2019.
He played all 22 games for the Kangaroos and averaged over 26 disposals a game in what was a fantastic season for the hard-nosed Roo.
But while Cornes praised Cunnington, he doesn’t believe that Cunnington deserves to be in consideration as a top bracket AFL midfielder.
“For me, he’s not a superstar,” he said on SEN’s The Captain’s Run.
“He’s a very good AFL footballer who’s a nice piece of the puzzle in your midfield but Ben Cunnington is not going to win your many games.
“He’s Tom Mitchell and with all due respect, he’s probably a poor man’s Sam Mitchell – I know he doesn’t use the ball by foot as well as Sam did.
“He’s a Matthew Priddis-type, highly respected, tough and you’d love to play alongside him but he’s not going to win you many games.
“If you look at his numbers, which is what Champion Data do … he’s rated elite but he’s not an elite midfielder for me.
“I love him, would like to play for him, but there’s probably 20 other midfielders in front of him.”
Do you agree with Cornes’ take?