Carlton report card

Carlton midfielder Marc Murphy stepped his game up to the elite level in 2011.

 

2011 RECORD

Won 14, Draw 1, Lost 7: Finished 5th

THE LIST

FINDS OF 2011

Nick Duigan, David Ellard, Andrew Walker, Lachie Henderson, Zach Tuohy

TRADE POTENTIAL

Paul Bower, Jordan Russell

GOING, GOING

Brock McLean, Mark Austin, Rohan Kerr

GONE

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.

COOPS’ VERDICT

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.

 

 

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