Kane Cornes warns clubs against overpaying for out of contract players, free agency, Dan McStay, Jordan De Goey, Karl Amon, Luke Jackson

Former Port Adelaide great Kane Cornes thinks there’s excessive value put on out-of-contract players, warning clubs against overpaying for them.

It comes after a report from The Age stated Collingwood is leading a race of three or four clubs for Lions free agent Dan McStay after tabling him a five-year deal worth close to $600,000 per season.

Speaking on SEN radio, Cornes said he believes off-contract players’ value grows simply due to the fact that they’re out of contract, not necessarily for their football ability.

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And he questioned the Magpies’ $3 million offer to McStay.

“You would think this guy is a superstar. He’s been the most talked about free agent probably along with Jordan De Goey this year,” the 300-gamer said on SEN SA Breakfast.

“You know what the most amount goals Dan McStay has ever kicked in one season? 28 — and we’re talking about a five-year deal worth $3 million. Just because of the fact that he is gettable, his reputation grows significantly — Dan McStay is a forward who averages 0.8 goals per game.

“Put that in context. The most he’s ever kicked is 28. Todd Marshall is on 27 right now.

“Clubs need to just relax a bit. If he fits at the right price, then pay it and get him because free agency is attractive because you don’t have to give up any compensation.”

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Cornes also queried the deals floated for Port Adelaide’s Karl Amon worth around $650,000 for up to five years with the likes of St Kilda, Hawthorn and Melbourne circling.

“This is a guy who was dropped this year from a side that wasn’t in the finals race at the time,” he said.

“I know he’s a nice footballer and he’s got some good attributes in terms of his running power and the penetration of his kick, but he’s not a great ball-user, he’s not a midfielder who’s going to go inside and cause any damage there and we’re talking $600,000 a year.”

Another out-of-contract player who’s made headlines over the past week is Collingwood’s De Goey. It was thought that the controversial star could command up to $1 million per season deals on the open market ahead of free agency.

Cornes compared the 26-year old’s football resume to Patrick Cripps, Patrick Dangerfield and Christian Petracca at the same point of their careers — highlighting how much stacked the trio’s CVs were including multiple All-Australians and best and fairests.

Whereas De Goey has finished top five in Collingwood’s best and fairest once and led its goalkicking in 2018.

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“Once or twice a year maximum, De Goey will win you a game, but he doesn’t do it consistently and defensively he’s poor,” he said.

“If you you’re going to be poor defensively you want to be Dustin Martin, where you get your teammates to cover for you, you do your damage front of centre, you conserve your energy, when the ball is in your area you make something happen and you are absolutely a matchwinner.

“The players that deserve the big money are those that do it consistently, week in, week out. Look at Sam Walsh’s numbers and how he rarely, if ever, plays a poor game. Look at Clayton Oliver — even his poor games are still a good game.

“That’s not De Goey and he’s certainly not someone I would pay $800,000-$1 million per year.”

Cornes also criticised mooted deals worth close to seven figures from the Western Australian clubs for Melbourne’s Luke Jackson.

“The money that’s been floated for Jackson, once again, he’s a player who touches the ball 12 times a game,” he said.

“I know he’s young and there’s upside and athleticism and he’s had an excellent start to his career, but to think a club would pay him $1 million a season for seven years for a guy that averages 12 touches a game.

“It blows my mind how some players are in the right place at the right time just because they’re out of contract.”

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