The knives are out for Kieren Jack

Nothing is quite going right for the former captain these days. Rarely maligned for his illustrious career, the midfielder is being used as a lightning rod for frustrated fans and pundits alike.

In recent days, respected journalist Neil Cordy, and ex-AFL forward, hack commentator Matthew Lloyd, have both suggested the time is nigh on the players' career.

While its obvious the 215 game veteran is performing well below his best, a fit and firing Jack is an important player for the Swans, and ostracising him doesn't do the club any good.

It's all well and good to pot an ex-captain from behind the fence, but lets remember that he's 29, an All Australian premiership player, Bob Skilton medalist and 3 time Brett Kirk medalist. This isn't some broken down midfielder near the end of his career.

A clearly frustrated Jack speaking with Swans TV, admitted that the Swans were well down on their best on Saturday night, totally outclassed by the Giants.

“They just smacked us around the ground.

“I thought we showed a bit of fight in the third quarter but it was too little really.

“We have to fight our way out.

“I know this group can do it, we just need to find a way to do it.

“We need to train hard and not go into our shell, that's probably the main thing.

“I think there's going to be criticisms coming left right and centre and probably fair enough.

“But we need to focus on within these four walls what we can do to get better and train it this week and just come out all guns blazing’’.

He hasn't played well this season, and there's a lot of room for improvement. Neil Cordy pointed out his alarming drop in stats, almost half of what he normally averages across the board. While he suggests that Kieren's fate may follow O'Keefe's, you still have to consider that he barely had a pre-season.

That hasn't escaped the average viewer either, with discussions over his future and current level of performance a mainstay on Swans boards. It's hard to remember that he's not even 30, since he's been around the club for such a long time with a public profile, at least by Sydney standards.

Lloyd on the other hand just pots away, twatting about on AFL's Access All Areas.

"Kieren Jack may have just fallen off the cliff," Lloyd said on Access All Areas on the AFL's website.

"I think they should throw him back to the NEAFL, get his confidence back."

And then sitting in his glass house, atop of ivory tower, he had a pot at Parker, Tippett (fair enough), Reid, and then all and sundry.

Pot away prick, pot away. What a flog.

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Justin Mitchell

Justin is a passionate AFL and Sydney Swans supporter, and football blogger since 2016. All articles are of his own opinion. You can reach him by twitter and Facebook at @theswansblog

Melbourne, Australia

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