It has been a massive week for the Carlton Football Club with the retirement of club favourite Kade Simpson.
The Blues champion will play his final game Saturday night against Brisbane and depart the club after 342 games.
A big off-season awaits, and some tough list management decisions will need to be made at Carlton as they chase their first finals appearance since 2013.
Another veteran still to have his playing future confirmed beyond this year is Eddie Betts.
On SEN radio, Chief Reporter Sam Edmund of the view it is more likely than not Betts will play on in 2021.
“My understanding is he wants to play on and the talks between player and club have progressed along that line to the point where it would be more surprising than not if he wasn’t allowed to go on.”
“What that looks like, whether it’s a Shaun Burgoyne style arrangement, I’m not sure. But I think he’s going to be a listed player at Carlton next year.”
Statistically the output of the 33-year old is not near his best years at the Crows where he was an All-Australian player. But the fan favourite has still been a solid contributor this year.
The small forward still provides great leadership, defensive pressure and in 14 games Eddie Betts is ranked #3 at Carlton for total goals and #1 for goal assists.
What may also help the case for Betts is trade target last season Tom Papley, who the Blues missed out on and were potentially going to chase again, has confirmed he will be remaining at the Sydney Swans.
There is still a lot to play out as clubs await confirmation on list sizes for next year. If a deal can be negotiated for another year at minimal cost then it makes sense for the legend go around one more time.