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The Power defender who looks a “yard off it” at the moment


Darcy Byrne-Jones’ spot in the Port Adelaide side should be up for discussion, according to Kane Cornes.

The 25-year-old defender has been relatively quiet in season 2021 compared to last year when he won the John Cahill Medal as well as All-Australian selection.

Byrne-Jones is averaging a tick over 20 disposals this year, but has been below his best over the last two months, dropping below that mark in five of the last eight matches.

Cornes feels his overall form should have him “feeling the pinch” as Ken Hinkley has other options to play in the rebounding half-back position should he feel the need to make a change.

“Byrne-Jones is the one that’s under pressure, I think,” Cornes said on SEN SA Breakfast.

“All-Australian, best and fairest, and has hardly touched it this year.”

Co-host Andrew Hayes asked Cornes if Byrne-Jones should be worried about his place in the lineup.

Hayes asked: “If he’s under pressure, how much pressure are you talking?

“Are you talking about his spot genuinely being on the line?”

Cornes replied: “I definitely think it would be a discussion.

“When you’ve got so many players capable of replacing him in that position, he’ll be feeling the pinch.

“I thought he was ok on the weekend against St Kilda. He went forward and did a couple of nice things, but he just looks, like the old school people say, a yard off it.

“He looks a yard behind at the moment in terms of his decision making process.”

The Power play Collingwood at Marvel Stadium on Friday night in Travis Boak’s 300th game.

The teams will be named on Thursday evening.

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