Collingwood is blasted for signing Brodie Grundy to $1million-a-year deal as ruckman doesn’t record a SINGLE mark or tackle against Lions: ‘There’s no accountability’
- Brodie Grundy signed seven-year worth $1million-a-season in 2020
- But the star ruckman has since been in steady decline for Collingwood
- Grundy failed to make a single tackle and take a single mark in Round 5
- Kane Cornes claimed decision to hand Grundy such a huge deal has backfired
Kane Cornes has slammed Collingwood’s decision to hand Brodie Grundy a seven-year, $7million deal as ‘ridiculous’ and showing ‘no accountability’.
The ruckman penned his extension ahead of the 2020 season, but the Pies are yet to reap any reward for their investment so far.
A two-time All Australian in 2018 and 2019, Grundy has struggled to live up to his lofty standards this season. On Thursday night, the 28-year-old did not make any tackles and failed to take a single mark in Collingwood’s 98-91 loss against Brisbane at the Gabba.
Speaking on The Sunday Footy Show, Cornes questioned the wisdom of handing such a huge deal to Grundy.
‘Do these deals go to the board? This isn’t a hindsight thing. You’ve given a ruckman seven years for $7million,’ he said.
‘My memory is us being very critical at the time saying you can’t be giving a ruckman seven years for $7million.
‘There’s no accountability for those decisions.’
Cornes failed to make a tackle and take a single mark in the defeat to the Lions in Round 5
Cornes added Grundy was slowly declining and is no longer among the best ruckmen in the competition, which in turn creates a major issue for the Pies given their hefty outlay.
‘Grundy’s got five years left,’ he added.
‘We used to debate is it [Melbourne’s Max] Gawn or Grundy as the best ruck in the game – he’s probably down to six or seven I reckon, and that’s not a big statement in terms of where he ranks as the best ruck.
‘It’s an issue that I don’t know how they can solve it.’
Kane Cornes (left) and Jonathan Brown have questioned Grundy’s performances this season
Former Lions great Jonathan Brown acknowledged Grundy had been ‘a great player for a long time’, but insisted he needed to tweak his game to mirror that of his counterparts.
‘I’m seeing Gawn play forward of the ball and play really well, Tim English play forward of the ball – a lot of ruckman at the moment are holding onto the ball in traffic in stoppages.
‘I just see Brodie Grundy getting rid of the ball too easy at times.
Brown said he felt Grundy was ‘getting rid of the ball too easy at times’ this season
‘If he was able to hold onto the ball a bit more like these other ruckman are, I think he’ll start to get back the domination he once hard.’
From a financial standpoint, Grundy’s deal could put Collingwood in a difficult position as Darcy Moore has also been signed to a long-term contract and Jordan De Goey is expected to demand a significant improvement on his current $800,000-a-season deal when he hits free agency at the end of the season.