Carlton have started preparations for season 2019. The club’s first to fourth year players returning to pre-season training this week.
One significant attendee among the young group was Sam Docherty. The star defender on the track after missing the entire 2018 season due to an ACL injury.
Did you think @DochertySam could wait to get back out on the track?
— Carlton FC (@CarltonFC) November 5, 2018
He was recently named as co-captain for the upcoming season along with Marc Murphy. The former Lion will no doubt be looking to set the example as the Blues look to climb from the foot of the AFL table in 2019.
Well respected fitness boss Andrew Russell has arrived at Ikon Park as Director of High Performance from Hawthorn. He will certainly have an important role to play in ensuring the newly appointed skipper is ready to attack the upcoming season.
Docherty back to his best
Before injury struck, the 25 year-old had established himself as one of the premier rebounding defenders in the competition.
A CV that includes a John Nicholls medal as the club Best & Fairest in 2016 and All-Australian selection in 2017 after averaging a career high 27.9 disposals per match.
Interviewed on SEN radio last week, Carlton CEO Cain Liddle was not surprisingly sprucing a positive message to the Blues faithful.
“You can just about lock in Sam Docherty to be the recruit of the year — we’re really looking forward to having him back.”
Recent seasons on-field have not provided much for Blues fans to cheer about. The return of Sam Docherty, along with a strong trade period and healthy draft position, certainly provides some light at the end of the tunnel.