May 13, 2021

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AFL great's urgent concern for in-denial Hawthorn

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Kane Cornes has doubled down on his insistence that Hawthorn must dive back into the...

Kane Cornes has doubled down on his insistence that Hawthorn must dive back into the draft, rather than papering over the cracks with recycled players and Alastair Clarkson's exceptional coaching.

The Hawks were smashed by 69 points against St Kilda on Saturday, leaving them 16th on the ladder with a 2-5 record.

Having missed the AFL finals for the past two seasons, the glorious era that saw Clarkson lead the club to four premierships is consigned to the history books.

Hawthorn has fought to remain competitive and as such, hasn't had decent draft picks for a generation. Pick six last year, Denver Grainger-Barras, was the club's first top-10 selection since Mitchell Thorp in 2006.

"I'm really concerned about the list and where they're at," Port Adelaide great Cornes said on Footy Classified.

"I think Alastair Clarkson's coaching has kept them in games.

"These are the players that they've got from other clubs (list in graphic below).

"Now, we've seen what Melbourne have done in the draft and how they've rejuvenated the list. We've spoke about Essendon.

"I understand it's difficult for Hawthorn to do that because of the success they've had but how many of these players, recycled ones, are they going to continue to bring in before they understand?

"And Alastair himself says he doesn't really believe in the draft. He said this last year; 'I don't believe in the draft as a sole way to rejuvenate your list because it's compromised'.

"Well, he's surely got to realise now that they have to [look to the draft]."

Hawthorn's dynasty was built on the draft, starting with top pick Luke Hodge in 2001. Jarryd Roughead, Lance Franklin and Jordan Lewis were drafted in 2004, and the likes of Grant Birchall and Cyril Rioli followed.

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