Kane Cornes believes Port Adelaide has poorly managed Karl Amon’s contract situation.
A recent report in the Herald Sun suggests that the Power midfielder is set to request a trade home to a Victorian club after missing out on a move last year.
It is understood that Amon finally received a contract offer from the Power but Cornes feels perhaps it is too little too late.
Speaking on SEN SA Breakfast, Cornes was critical of the handling of Amon by Port Adelaide’s list management.
“If you have a 24-year-old midfielder, who adds something to your team that you don’t have, and you are desperate to keep him, you don’t wait until Round 17 to offer him a contract. You just don’t do it,” he said.
“You make him feel loved and welcome. You go to him early in the season and say, ‘Look, this is the future for you, this is the deal we’re prepared to give you’.
“You don’t wait until the player comes to the club. So, no surprises yesterday when I read that.
“That’s what happens, Jason Cripps, when you wait until Round 17 to offer a vitally important player at your club a contract.
“This is mismanagement of the highest order.
“I couldn’t believe it. He wanted out last year, he’s having a most improved season, most improved on your list, and you wait until Round 16, 17 to offer him a deal, and then you’re surprised when he requests a trade at the end of the year.
“Not sure what’s going on there with the list management department but there’s been some significant errors being made at Port Adelaide and there’s another one.”
The Power premiership player can understand other instances of the club waiting to offer deals but is none the wiser regarding the stance on Amon.
“It’s crazy. It’s not as if he’s Paddy Ryder who is 31 and is about to finish up at some point. Then you wait,” Cornes added.
“If you are Justin Westhoff, he understands you wait for a contract until the end of the year. Not if you are a 24-year-old vital midfielder who is having a career-best year. You go and stitch him up as early as you can.
“And he’s a Victorian. Don’t be surprised, Port fans, if he does leave and then you can direct your frustration and your anger to the mismanagement of the contract that was offered, or wasn’t offered, months ago.”
Amon has enjoyed his most consistent campaign in 2019, playing 16 games and averaging more than 19 disposals, over three tackles and almost 3.5 inside 50s.
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