Okane Cornes says Melbourne might wind up large winners after younger gun Luke Jackson demanded a commerce again to Western Australia, saying the state of affairs “is not a catastrophe in any respect”.
Jackson formally requested a commerce again to his dwelling state on Tuesday, confirming one of many AFL’s worst-kept secrets and techniques following a prolonged exit interview.
The 2021 Rising Star winner is reportedly set to earn a profitable deal at his new membership, one which might see him paid as much as $6.3 million throughout seven seasons, and Cornes is not positive whether or not he’s deserving of such cash.
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After a robust season, Jackson struggled in Melbourne’s two finals losses as he discovered himself held beneath 10 disposals in each video games, and Cornes mentioned the 20-year-old can be “embarrassed” by a few of his efforts.
Whereas Jackson has been linked together with his dwelling city staff Fremantle, Melbourne has not rule out a possible transfer to cross-town rivals West Coast, ought to they be higher poised to appease the Demons’ commerce calls for.
Melbourne stands to probably obtain two first-round alternatives in alternate for Jackson, who was the No.3 decide within the 2019 draft, and Cornes steered it was a coup for final 12 months’s premiers.
”He did not (deal with the scrutiny). He was fairly poor and he’d be embarrassed by a few of these bodily efforts. You get discovered in finals,” he advised 9’s Footy Categorised.
“For a participant that hasn’t performed an entire lot, we talk about him an entire lot. He performs one good recreation in each 12 I reckon.
“I truly do not assume it is the worst factor for Melbourne as a result of what you are going to get again is 2 first-round draft picks, so that you positive up your future.
“You get Brodie Grundy in with Collingwood paying a big chunk of his wage, and he is a significantly better participant than Luke Jackson is. In the event that they get their drafting proper with the picks they get for Jackson, this is not a catastrophe in any respect. I am nonetheless unsure and never satisfied he is a 250-game AFL participant.
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Melbourne is broadly anticipated to chase the two-time All-Australian ruckman Grundy to fill the void left by Jackson this summer season, with the membership’s soccer supervisor Alan Richardson suggesting as a lot on Tuesday.
“I am not going to get caught up in specifics, significantly for gamers which are nonetheless contracted,” he advised reporters.
“We’ll look to interchange each the expertise and the place (of Jackson).”
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