MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 27: Clayton Oliver of the Demons celebrates a goal during the 2019 AFL round 19 match between the St Kilda Saints and the Melbourne Demons at Marvel Stadium on July 27, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Former Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes believes Carlton and Essendon should make a play for Demons star Clayton Oliver

It comes after Cornes recently suggested Melbourne should consider trading one of their star onballers at the end of the season to give their midfield a different dynamic

Speaking on SEN, Cornes believes Melbourne needs to shake things up. 

“The (Melbourne) midfield to me, is the same six midfielders that all have the same attributes,” he said. 

“I understand Christian Petracca is the one who is genuine class. But the other foot soldiers they have in there, Viney, Brayshaw, Jones and Jones is coming to the end we know that. 

“And then there is Clayton Oliver.” 

The Power games record holder declared that Oliver could net them the best return given he has the most currency, with the Blues and Bombers shaping as perfect landing spots. 

“People are saying: ‘why would you entertain the thought of trading the best and fairest winner, with the age he is at and the career he has had? Why would you entertain it? He’s the last problem that Melbourne have.’

“He’s the one with currency and if I was Carlton or Essendon and I thought I could get Oliver into the side to support Cripps and give him another big body, and Essendon’s the same, I’d certainly look at it from that perspective. 

“I would be entertaining that if I were Melbourne because he is a shell of a player he was two years ago. 

“He gets the ball a lot, but he turns it over a lot.

“And if something really good came across the trading desk and I’m Melbourne with the midfield that I got, I’d look at it 100 per cent.” 


Essendon great Matthew Lloyd also believes Melbourne’s midfield is too one paced and that the club needs to make changes. 

“This is a same paced midfield,” he said on AFL Media’s Access All Areas

“(Clayton) Oliver is the same as (Jack) Viney who is the same as Brayshaw who is the same as (James) Harmes, (Ed) Langdon comes in who is tough but can’t kick the footy.

“(Adam) Tomlinson can’t get a game, (Nathan) Jones is a similar player, (Aaron) vandenBerg has a crack, (Tom) Sparrow has a crack and Harley Bennell is past his best.”

“You look at them and say who’s going to leave at the end of the year? They need to make some hard decisions. Is it Brayshaw or Oliver that needs to leave that club to bring some point of difference to that midfield.

“I do think they need to make some hard decisions; you can’t give up nothing to get something so an elite player needs to go.”