Greater Western Sydney speedster Bobby Hill’s mid-contract trade request has drawn the fury of dual All-Australian Kane Cornes.
Hill took the Giants by enormous surprise when, less than a month after signing a one-year contract extension to remain at GWS until the end of 2022, he requested to be traded.
The 21-year-old, who’s played 30 AFL games since being drafted by GWS with pick 24 in the 2018 national draft, wants to be traded to Essendon to be closer to St Kilda dasher Bradley Hill, who’s a cousin of his.
Cornes has unloaded on Hill in the wake of his request.
“Bobby Hill wants to be traded on compassionate grounds, that’s fine, I don’t know his circumstances. He wants to go to Victoria,” Cornes said on AFL Trade Radio.
“If that’s the case, and a month ago you said how happy you were at the Giants and how you want to recommit to the Giants, you can’t go and give them one club to deal with, with three days left of the trade period.
“If Bobby Hill wants to go to Victoria, you have to open it up to 10 clubs. I’m really strong (on this).
“If I’m the Giants, there’s no way I’m trading. I’m looking at Essendon, if that’s his preferred home, and (picks) 11 and 51 aren’t going to get it done.
“Just hold him. Just three days out from (the end of) the trade period, there’s no way I’m trading him to Essendon.
“If he said he’s happy to go to North, Hawthorn, any of the 10 teams, then you can work the best deal you can for your footy club.
“Deal off. No deal. We’ll discuss this in 12 months’ time.”