Carlton report cardPosted: September 19, 2011
Won 14, Draw 1, Lost 7: Finished 5th
FINDS OF 2011
Nick Duigan, David Ellard, Andrew Walker, Lachie Henderson, Zach Tuohy
Paul Bower, Jordan Russell
Brock McLean, Mark Austin, Rohan Kerr
Ryan Houlihan (retired)
WHAT THEY NEED
Carlton’s playing stocks doesn’t reveal any gaping holes that need to be addressed. The Blues have a couple of key defensive prospects coming along nicely at VFL level, but with Lachie Henderson’s transformation from forward to defender looking like it might be permanent, it could be time to get another key forward into the club via the draft or trade table.
Carlton took positive steps forward on and off the field in 2011. The Blues successfully added some experience to their playing group, saw improvement from several players and played a brand of football that looks to have them poised for bigger and better things next season. The reinvention of Lachie Henderson as a backman, Andrew Walker and Bret Thornton as key forwards, as well as mature age prospects Nick Duigan and Jeremy Laidler were highlights. The Blues looked shaky without injured pair Jarrad Waite and Matthew Kreuzer in the latter part of the season but expect to get them back full fit for 2012. The Blues now finally look to have a list that has upside with continued development of exciting youngsters in the VFL. The Blues premiership window is open.