Everyone’s talking about AFL star’s body
St Kilda great Nick Riewoldt believes Jake Stringer has plenty of work to do to get himself back to peak AFL fitness.
The Essendon star has struggled since returning to the side after a long injury lay-off, collecting just 27 disposals in the last five rounds.
The Bombers appear to have potentially rushed the former Bulldog back, given his poor feats in recent weeks, as the club searched for a spark to get the team into finals.
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"He's looked horrible since he came back," Riewoldt said on Fox Footy.
"Only Essendon would know whether he's done the work or not. He's been labouring and to the eye you wouldn't say he's a picture of fitness.
"Only they can answer that question, all we can do is judge it on what we see and he doesn't look overly fit."
Recently, former Port Adelaide tagger Kane Cornes took aim at his appearance, after vision emerged of the 26-year-old with his guernsey off.
"I'll get smashed for this and the PC brigade will come after me," he told Channel 9's Sunday Footy Show.
"If you're a full-time professional athlete, you don't present yourself like that. To steal (Port Adelaide coach) Ken Hinkley's line, you get what you deserve in footy.
"That's why he returns five disposals yesterday, he's not fit enough. When you don't perform and present that out of shape, you run the risk of being criticised for it.
"He needs to look at what Christian Petracca has done and what Max Gawn has done in the past if he wants to get the most out of that talent because that display of physical fitness is not good enough."
Originally published as Everyone's talking about AFL star's body