St Kilda’s Bradley Hill has been branded “the most overpaid player in the game” by AFL great Kane Cornes.
Hill had a forgettable outing as the Saints copped a 75-point flogging from Essendon at Marvel Stadium on Saturday.
The triple Hawthorn premiership winner, who arrived at St Kilda from Fremantle for last season, has been in Cornes’ sights for some time. The Port Adelaide legend unloaded on his ‘Vol-Kane-o’ segment of The Sunday Footy Show, saying that Hill was not giving value for money.
“It’s been too long, his performances have been well below what he should be producing for a player that is earning massive money,” Cornes said.
“Right now, the most overpaid player in the game.
“Six years, $900,000 [per season] deal with St Kilda. Didn’t finish in the top 10 of their best and fairest last year for the Saints, despite playing every game. He should be doing that.”
Cornes pointed to Hill’s sub-par defensive efforts, highlighting a particular passage of play in the fourth quarter against Essendon. Hill fired a hand-pass around the half-forward line then stood still, failing to challenge the Bombers as they secured a turnover and launched another foray from their defensive 50.
“Vision like this is alarming,” Cornes said.
“Let’s just stand still, not work, not press up, not defend. The ball turns over, so what are you doing, Brad? Are you pressing or are you getting back hard? Well, he’s doing neither.
“This modern game should suit him but he didn’t have a tackle last night. Not one tackle, didn’t have a contested possession, for a player that’s earning $5 million over six years, or thereabouts. It’s not good enough.”
St Kilda are 1-2 after their Round Three shallacking, in which Hill had 16 disposals and didn’t trouble the scorers. Coach Brett Ratten said that he was “embarrassed” by the side’s performance. Even club great Nick Riewoldt was forced to pan the Saints’ effort against Essendon.
“No players go out to not try – but there’s trying and there’s really trying,” Riewoldt said on Fox Footy.
Bombers great Matthew Lloyd said that St Kilda were facing a drought unless they dramatically lifted their form. He said that Hill wasn’t the only disappointment.
“If they don’t improve dramatically, they’ll lose their next three games to the three best teams in the competition in Port, West Coast and Richmond,” Lloyd said on The Sunday Footy Show.
“At ground level, they got exposed and then on the outside, the run and speed was too much for the Saints.
“There’s too many Saints who didn’t want to defend or do the work yesterday versus a hard-running Bombers side.”
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