Fremantle’s bid to sign Melbourne youth star Luke Jackson is a “big gamble” that won’t solve the pressing medical issue, two-time All-Australian Ken Korns has said.
While the Dockers are a good chance to finish in the top four this season, they are set to be one of the most active in the upcoming AFL transfer window, with the club linked with out-of-contract Damon Jackson.
Jackson, who won Melbourne’s Premier League’s 2021 Rising Star award, is weighing up a move to WA, with the Dockers looking well placed to secure him on a five-year deal worth around $1 million a season.
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But speaking on channel 9 Sunday foot showBuying Cornes Jackson could create more headaches than solutions available in Fremantle.
The Dockers had 50s in the 50s on Friday night but kicked just 7 goals against Richmond, with Matt Taberner and Griffin Logue scoring one each.
Their No.1 goalkeeper Rory Lobb is out with injury – and is expected to join the Western Bulldogs at the end of the season.
“Taberner is 29 years old, he’s a static forward, maybe he doesn’t fit the way key forwards dominate football games – so they go and recruit Luke Jackson and leave Rory Lobb, the best player (inside 50),” Korns said. Sunday foot show.
“Getting Jackson is fine, but he can’t solve this. It doesn’t solve frontline problems.
“(Nat) Fife’s body is down and who knows how much of Nat Fife’s legs are left in him. They thought he could be a third key future option. Griffin Logue is playing forward but you can see with less success.
“So go get Jackson, but he’s got to be in a hurry – and I think that’s going to create a few more problems for Fremantle than it’s going to solve. In the year They haven’t had a key forward who has been able to dominate football since 2016 (Matthews) Pavlic.
“So what are you going to do with Sean Darcy? You’re basically telling Sean Darcy – you have to trade.
“It’s a big gamble for Fremantle, the problems are still with their key partners.”
Triple premiership player Cameron Mooney said on Friday night he has major concerns over Freo’s forward set-up.
“I’ve seen their forward line going into the finals… it’s worrying for me. “It’s not something that scares me if I’m a very strong defense,” Mooney said Fox Footy Live.
“Taberner is very up and down for someone with his talent, so we don’t see him in the finals either.
They rely heavily on their small forwards to score the winning points and that is a very difficult thing to do in the last minute.
Melbourne champion Gary Lyon said the pressure to join the Dockers on such a significant contract would be a “huge consideration” for Jackson.
“Ultimately he’s going to do what’s right for him,” Lyon told Fox Footy on Friday night.
“I don’t mind any players moving. That’s soul-destroying for a Melbourne fan, but that’s the world we live in. But it (the pressure) will be part of the assessment. He would say, ‘OK, if I go in with a big buck and they put a couple of shoes on to get in’ – that’s part of the pressure on a 21- or 22-year-old.
“But I don’t know Luke very well. He might go, ‘Oh well, bad luck.’ He can be that practical and go, ‘Hey, I’ve got to take care of myself.’