AFL legend Kane Cornes has expressed his disappointment in Ben King’s lackluster performance during Gold Coast’s loss to Port Adelaide. King, who struggled to make an impact on the game, was substituted out by Suns coach Stuart Dew in the third quarter. This decision comes in the midst of a challenging week for the club, with prominent AFL journalist Caroline Wilson suggesting that Dew’s time as coach may be limited.
Cornes, speaking on Nine’s AFL Sunday Footy Show, expressed his frustration with King’s lack of response, particularly given the scrutiny placed on Dew and the team this week. Cornes highlighted the missed opportunity, as the opposition player Trent McKenzie was also off the field, creating a chance for King to step up as a leader.
Dew, in his post-match interview, explained his reasoning for substituting King. Despite King’s early involvement in the match, Dew felt that he was frustrated and not performing to his usual standard. The decision to go with a smaller lineup was a tactical move, highlighting the impressive performances of Levi Casboult and Jack Lukosius.
Both Cornes and former Bulldogs and Tigers star Nathan Brown supported Dew’s decision, believing it would send a strong message to the competition. Cornes admitted that while he approved of the move, it also reflected a level of frustration. He expressed disappointment in the players’ inability to step up, especially after the challenging week they had experienced. Cornes emphasized that King was not the only player to falter, as the team conceded nine goals in the third quarter, indicating that the club is under significant pressure.
In addition to Ben King’s struggles, his twin brother Max, who plays for St Kilda, suffered a season-ending shoulder injury that requires surgery.
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