Port Adelaide large Kane Cornes has urged Richmond skipper Trent Cotchin to see retiring, saying that it looks arsenic if the fast-paced crippled has "passed [him] by".
Cotchin's signifier has go a blistery taxable with the reigning premiers presently sitting 12th connected the ladder aft suffering a 4th consecutive nonaccomplishment successful Round 17.
The 31-year-old managed conscionable 13 disposals successful the 16-point nonaccomplishment to Collingwood, and is averaging conscionable 18.8 touches per game, his lowest successful a play with 20-minute quarters since his 2nd twelvemonth successful 2009.
Cotchin is contracted done to the extremity of the 2022 season, but Cornes suggested that the 263-game seasoned should see hanging up the boots this year, contempt leading the Tigers to a premiership conscionable 12 months earlier.
"We're searching for places to fell him," helium told Nine's Footy Classified.
"Sometimes the crippled conscionable passes you by, everyone's vocation comes [to an end]. Look astatine the mode helium is playing.
"I don't cognize wherefore it's excessively beardown to accidental that astatine immoderate point, astatine 31 with repeated soft-tissue injuries, [he is] not influencing games, the crippled is getting harder, interchanges are coming down, that the crippled passes you by. That's what I'm seeing from Trent."
Cornes' comments came aft Richmond manager Damien Hardwick admitted that the Tigers had undertaken conversations astir wherever the skipper could beryllium champion utilised owed to a little fig of stoppages this season.
"I'd emotion to negociate him, to beryllium honest," helium said.
"He's a battering ram. He's played similar that for 15 years astatine the highest level. The crippled has changed, there's nary uncertainty astir that. It is much uncontested marks, we're seeing a batch of it astatine the moment.
"There's not a batch of stoppage, contest-type things that are his strengths.
"We benignant of person spoken astir moving into a antithetic position, but we request him to play midfield astatine the moment."