Kane Cornes is one of the hardest-hitting columnists in the AFL landscape. A premiership player with Port Adelaide in 2004, Cornes was twice named All-Australian and took home the Power's best and fairest four time in his 300 games.
West Coast are at the crossroad in a neighbourhood they never should have visited. Do they embark on a proper, arduous rebuild, or do they get aggressive at the trade table to fill some gaps?
The failure of the Collingwood player leadership group to change Jordan De Goey’s ways and protect him from himself makes a mockery of such groups, writes Kane Cornes.
Fremantle pocket rocket Caleb Serong has quickly developed into one of the most promising midfielders. And he can go from good to great if he is prepared to make one subtle tweak to his game.
If you had to pick one footballer to melodramatically play for your life, who would it be? Kane Cornes would pick a Dockers big man who he believes is the league’s most valuable player.
Ken Hinkley arrived at Port Adelaide and guided them out of the infamous tarp era, moulding them into a club regularly in contention. Now, Power legend Kane Cornes wants the Eagles to take a similar path.
Gone are the days when AFL recruiters and list managers could spend 10 years scouting junior footy and eating donuts in the stands without facing any external scrutiny, writes Kane Cornes.
Alastair Clarkson’s return has sparked a back-room frenzy, and if the Eagles find themselves on the merry-go-round, the Port Adelaide boss could be a perfect fit.
West Coast are where they vowed never to be again — a club in crisis. It is a deep crisis that will force much change, all long needed but repeatedly avoided.
West Coast cannot ignore youth any longer. And it should be loyal to its need for a new era rather than a premiership coach. Even Hawthorn worked that out with its greatest-ever coach.
When a full-time, elite athlete presents in poor shape, team-mates, the club and supporters are being let down. This should be called out.
The AFL has turned a light breeze into a tornado. Player treatment of umpires before this season was not a major problem and only needed a minor tweak to the way they interacted with each other.
The value of today’s midfielder is not defined by how many touches they get but what damage they inflict with those touches, writes Kane Cornes in his exclusive weekly column.
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