Port Adelaide Hall of Fame member Kane Cornes has hit out at Carlton’s reported mega offer GWS free agent Zac Williams.

The Giants last week confirmed in a statement that Williams had told the club of his decision to move to Victoria, with Carlton set to win his services with a long-term deal.

However, the reported offer close to $1 million per season has Cornes up in arms, believing the Blues are over paying a half-back flanker.

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“I don’t know what he is getting paid, but if the reports are correct, it is one of the most staggering trade deals I’ve ever come across,” he said on Channel 9’s Footy Classified.

“To think that you could pay a half-back flanker $750,000-800,000 a year – I’ve heard upwards of $900,000 – according to some reports.”

However, veteran AFL journalist Caroline Wilson explained the figure rumoured will likely be bigger than the final deal, given a number of rivals had been jostling for his services.

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Williams played 113 games with the Giants. Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images.
Williams played 113 games with the Giants. Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images.Source: Getty Images

“This is another example why player wages need to be made public because it does more harm for the players than good,” Cornes added.

Essendon great Matthew Lloyd wasn’t surprised by the figures, declaring the Giants had offered Williams a contract in a similar range, suggesting it wasn’t “outrageous from Carlton”.

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