MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 7: Brad Scott, Senior Coach of the Kangaroos (left) chats to Cameron Joyce, GM of Football during the AFL 2018 JLT Community Series match between the Richmond Tigers and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Ikon Park on March 7, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Kane Cornes questions the signings of Aaron Hall, Jasper Pittard, Dom Tyson and Jared Polec as he believes they have got the trade period “wrong”.

Cornes says there are doubts for all four players, thinking that if they will be able to overcome them once the 2019 home and away season starts.

Speaking about Hall, Cornes questioned his ability to break into the North Melbourne line-up, after failing to have an impact on the Gold Coast.

“At 20 years of age he was no doubt scintillating but by his own admission, he still hasn’t discovered the defensive side of playing at this level, and has continued to be in and out of the Gold Coast side,” Cornes said on SEN.

If he hasn’t been able to get a regular game for the competition’s worst midfield, what impact do we really expect him to have?”

Cornes also doubted Pittard’s ability, suggesting he was destined to play in the SANFL next season.

“His best football is elite but after nine years in the system, his continued brain fades and costly turnovers have haunted his side,” Cornes said of Pittard.

“He was told by Port Adelaide that he would be playing mostly SANFL football next year if he stayed.”

Cornes said of Tyson; “Do North Melbourne really need another plodder through the midfield whose kicking still lets him down?”

Lastly, Cornes took aim at Polec, suggesting the Roos will want a lot for what they paid for.

“No doubt has significant weapons but without the addition of Andrew Gaff, he will have to cope with a tag this year, which he traditionally has been unable to break.”

“North have coughed up four million dollars for his services and they would be expecting better than a top-five placing in the club’s best and fairest, which is his highest finish ever in his eight years at the level.”

Do you agree with Cornes?


  1. Probably right about Hall and Pittard still burns the ball and makes poor decisions. Don’t know about Dyson but think that Polec can be good value for the Roos. Quick, breaks the lines and good goal kicker. Like other players of his ability has got to expect being tagged and learn to deal with it.

  2. Cornes smornes, put about as much credit in his comments as Luke Darcy’s on the Roos, last year, what a croc of $@*t

  3. Cornes seems rather bitter that anyone would choose to leave Port. He has been banging on about Polec for ages. Now he’s taking aim at Pittard as well. Don’t think he has any credibility.

  4. It’s all about getting the best out of your players. A change is as good as a Holiday. As coaches we try to build the players up so that they can get the most out of themselves. Give them the tools to succeed. All Cornes has done here is try to fill these lads heads with negitivity, how is any one supposed to succeed if people are shooting them down. With opportunity comes development. We are all life learners. I’m sure there were areas of your football you wanted to improve on throughout your whole career Cornsey.

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