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King limits premiership race to four teams

David King has reduced the premiership race to four teams.

The two-time North Melbourne Premiership player believes the current top three plus one on the brink of the top four are the only ones who can win the flag in 2022.

The morning after Richmond’s 15-point win over Carlton, pondering his premiership fantasies, King brought out current leader Brisbane, reigning Prime Minister Melbourne, the much-improved Fremantle and the ever-present Geelong.

And it’s the cats that King is most fond of.

He suggested the following to Kane Cornes: SEN Breakfast: “How many teams do you seriously think they can actually win it?

“Is Richmond in that conversation now? Are they coming back from too far? I personally don’t have them in that lineup yet.

“I don’t see anything outside of Brisbane, Melbourne, Freo and Geelong (winning).

“I loved Geelong. I think they will get right into the calculations in the coming weeks as their health is also likely to look decent.”

The Cats are currently in fifth position, just a win out of four, and will meet the West Coast this Saturday.

Cornes responded to King’s question with his opinion.

While he didn’t see them as a threat to the premiership at the start of the season, he sees the Tigers as contenders.

Damien Hardwick’s squad returned to the eight as a result of their 15-point win over the Blues and are in a good position to take on a challenge in the second half of the season.

Cornes said: “If you ask me, I’m like, who can I watch play in the Prelim Final weekend?

“All the teams you just mentioned, (but) anyone out there…?

“I could watch Richmond play in the Prelim Final week.

‘Whether they are good enough and healthy enough. (Noah) Balta is doing his hammy last night, they have soft tissue injuries showing up with the age and demographics of their list.

“Are they healthy at that stage of the year? I don’t know, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Richmond was there during the Prelim Final week.

“And that would be an incredible achievement because I didn’t have them around at the start of the year.”

One team they will all have to deal with is, of course, the Demons.

Despite dropping their last three games and losing captain Max Gawn to an ankle injury, they remain in the hunt and, according to Cornes, a lock to finish in the top four.

“I’m a little worried about it and the cracks are starting to show up more and more,” he said.

“They are still going to make the top four and it will be a hard team to beat.

‘Are they a lock?

“Their draw is the hardest in the competition… but I think they are a lock.

“To put my you-know-what on the line, I think they’re a slot for the top four.”

The Demons are enjoying their time this weekend before meeting the Lions in a top two encounter at the MCG next Thursday.





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