Coleman-Jones starred in his long-awaited return to Richmond’s side in Round 11, kicking four goals up forward as he partnered Riewoldt in Tom Lynch‘s absence.
However, Cornes suggested that Lynch’s return could see the 21-year-old slip back out of Richmond’s first-choice team and could potentially cause him to look elsewhere for a steady opportunity, given he is currently out of contract.
Cornes compared Richmond’s predicament to that of Hawthorn back in 2016, when it traded veteran duo Jordan Lewis and Sam Mitchell, and urged the Tigers to consider doing the same with Riewoldt.
“It’s a good position to be in, but I think they’ve got a big decision to make,” Cornes told Nine’s Footy Classified.
“He’s out of contract and once Tom Lynch comes back, if he goes back and plays reserves, then he’ll go for more opportunity.
“Jack Riewoldt is out of contract and I just wonder whether there is a discussion that needs to be had with Jack. Is there an opportunity to be really mature about this?
“I am (suggesting Richmond trades Riewoldt) similar to how Hawthorn did with Lewis, Hodge and Mitchell and it worked well for the players who left.
“If you’re Callum Coleman-Jones, are you happy to sit? You know you’re good enough, you kicked four on the back of hardly any preparation.
“I think it’s a conversation worth having. He’s 33, Jack Riewoldt, are they going to win another premiership? Probably not. Has he got two or three years left in him? Absolutely.”
Riewoldt has been in fine form to start 2021, and is likely to kick the highest number of goals he’s kicked since the 2018 season, having already booted 30 majors in 11 games.
Essendon great Matthew Lloyd suggested that one of Richmond’s other players, potentially big man Toby Nankervis, would eventually make way for Coleman-Jones.
“(The solution is) playing the boy at someone else’s expense,” he said.
“You love having champions stay and remain at that football club. Nankervis isn’t getting any younger so I think he plays ruck-forward in the next couple of years.”