Kane Cornes believes North Melbourne got the trade period “wrong”, questioning the acquisitions of Aaron Hall, Jasper Pittard, Dom Tyson and Jared Polec.
Cornes explained the doubts marked across all four players, wondering if they will be able to overcome them once the 2019 campaign rolls around.
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“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. 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?”
“His best football is elite but after nine years in the system, his continued brain fades and costly turnovers have haunted his side. He was told by Port Adelaide that he would be playing mostly SANFL football next year if he stayed.”
“Do North Melbourne really need another plodder through the midfield whose kicking still lets him down?”
“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.”