Power great Kane Cornes has made a giant call on his former club, saying it can’t be taken seriously until it rectifies one major blight.
They won the 2020 minor premiership and got within one kick of reaching the grand final, but Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes says his former club can’t be taken seriously until it wins a genuine test away from home.
Ken Hinkley’s men are placed third on the ladder and lost just two of their opening seven games of the season, but those defeats were at the hands of strong opposition on the road.
The Power were pummeled by West Coast in Perth in round three, before copping a 49-point hiding at the hands of Brisbane at The Gabba on Saturday.
Port Adelaide have also won just 32 per cent of their away games against top-eight sides since 2017, having clinched victory six times and lost 13 matches.
Cornes says the Power can’t be considered a top-four or premiership threat until they prove they can pass a litmus test away from Adelaide Oval.
“I was really disappointed (in Port Adelaide’s performance against Brisbane),” Cornes said on Nine’s Footy Classified.
“I got a bit emotional, as you do as a former player.
“I just want to look at their record away from home: six wins and 13 losses since 2017. There’s a bit of a pattern and there’s been a pattern there this year.
“And it’s not just the losses; it’s the way they lost to West Coast by 37 (points). They were beaten up in that game, in the midfield particularly. And the same happened against Brisbane. So two good sides, two big tests failed.
“Until they can turn this around we can’t take them seriously as a top-four or premiership contender.”
Key forward Charlie Dixon is among Port Adelaide’s chief concerns.
The former Sun has booted 256 goals across 160 career games, including 34 majors in last year’s reduced season, but he’s had little impact this season.
Dixon has mustered just 10 goals from seven games and has been kept scoreless on three occasions.
The Queenslander penned a new three-year deal at the age of 29 in September last year but has managed a haul of four goals just once from his 12 games since, across the 2020 and 2021 seasons.
“They can’t win the premiership if Charlie Dixon continues to perform like this,” Cornes said.
“So he’s going to have to turn this around and find a way.
At 30 years of age he’s kicked 10 goals. They gave him a three-year deal, you know my thoughts on long-term contracts at that age.
“He’s like a lot of forwards. When they’re low on confidence they drop a lot of ball – and he does that – and then he misses easy goals … His numbers have fallen off a cliff.”
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