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AFL commentator Kane Cornes has been branded a ‘wet blanket’ for criticizing Essendon’s decision to allow more than 30 of its players to travel overseas on a football trip.
Players, including out-of-contract captain Dyson Heppell, left Melbourne on Saturday heading to Spain, and only players booked for surgery/recently operated on missed the holidays.
Cornes was unimpressed with the call to “allow” the team to travel together “unsupervised”.
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“The only successful thing the Essendon players have planned this year is a footy trip,” he said on the Sunday Footy Show.
“A full-scale footy trip – I thought it was extinct about 10 years ago!
“Clubs really don’t like it and advise their players not to go on trips like this because you risk getting yourself in trouble.
“I think it’s a risk without a coach or chaperone accompanying them.
“I would have thought a better use of Essendon players’ time would be to be at Marvel yesterday for Essendon’s historic performance in the AFLW, or to be at the MCG next week to see Collingwood and Geelong – two big clubs – take part in the final, which Essendon has not been exposed to.
Sydney’s AFL players formed a guard of honor for their AFLW squad on Saturday, while the majority of West Coast players were spotted in the WAFL to support their teammates – despite now being on leave .
Sunday Footy Show panel member Nathan Brown immediately dismissed Cornes’ criticism.
“God, you’re a wet blanket,” he said.
“They’ve had a tough year – they deserve to be able to go and clear their minds.
“You can’t tell a grown man what he can and can’t do, where he can and can’t go.
“They need to be able to leave, enjoy each other’s company away from the high point of AFL football and media in Melbourne.
“I think you have the wrong tree.
“You have to be able to trust your players, I think.”
Cornes, who has previously criticized Bombers players for being too happy after a heavy loss, said clubs should be able to pull the pin on such big moves.
And he found support in Bombers great Matthew Lloyd.
“I understand his point – I think some clubs wouldn’t allow 30-35 guys to jump on a plane together and go overseas,” he said.
Cornes has previously said he’s not a fan of players going overseas unsupervised and called Collingwood “stupid” for its decision to allow Jordan de Goey to travel to Bali during the mid-week break. season.
De Goey was then caught up in controversy when the video of him partying made its way onto social media.
7NEWS reports that the group from Essendon are traveling overseas to attend a wedding.
The Bombers finished 15th this season with just seven wins as the club is currently in turmoil with no coach, CEO or number of board members all gone in recent days.