Geelong coach Chris Scott has hit back at former Port Adelaide midfielder Kane Cornes after accusations his champion midfielder Patrick Dangerfield turns minor injuries into a “spectacle”.
Dangerfield finished Saturday’s 44-point win against the Western Bulldogs on crutches after hurting his right ankle during the fourth quarter.
Scott described the injury as “nothing dire” post-match and was optimistic the superstar, who has also battled a left knee issue in recent weeks, would not be sidelined for an extended period.
Cornes, who has previously accused Dangerfield of overplaying minor injuries, said the midfielder needed to get the “carry on” out of his game.
“I don’t think that’s a good look,” Cornes said on AFL.com.au.
“It’s probably the only criticism you could give Patrick for his career.
“But I’m not sure he needs the crutches. I’m not sure he needs to make it that big a spectacle.
“In the end it’s a sprained ankle and he’ll be a chance to play next week … I’m not sure we need all that carry on.”
Scott hit back on Sunday morning, telling Channel Seven’s Game Day that Cornes, a 300-game midfielder, was not among the former players he would point Dangerfield towards for advice.
“Kane’s only just got his pen license in the media,” Scott said.
“He has gone down this path before.
“He (Dangerfield) takes advice from a few people, I’m not sure that Kane is on that list and I’m not going to advise it.
“He’s had a crack at it and it failed the first time. I think it’s time to give that line away.”
Cornes levelled similar accusations at Dangerfield during the 2017 season, prompting the Geelong midfielder to theatrically hobble in to a mid-week press conference on crutches, wearing fake bandages and a sling.
“I just laugh at Kane Cornes. That’s all you can do, I think,” he said at the time.