Sam Docherty is enjoying a career best season at Carlton. The rebounding defender is firmly in calculations for a spot in the All-Australian side at the half way point of the year.
The 23 year old has been one of the Blues prime movers and, while he still has a year to run on his contract, the time is right for the Blues to extend the contract of one of their rising stars.
The stats tell the story
Last year was certainly a great season personally for Sam Docherty. He won the John Nicholls medal as Carlton Best & Fairest winner. He also made the 40 man All-Australian squad. Last year saw Docherty average a then career high 25.7 disposals and 7.9 marks per match.
In the eleven games this year the statistical output of Sam Docherty has increased again. Currently averaging 28 disposals and 9.7 marks per match. His ability to do a defensive job, take intercept marks and also provide defensive rebound with quality ball use and run from the back half has been a vital ingredient for the improving Blues.
35 possessions last week against GWS was the highest disposal game of the ex-Lion’s career. Currently in the Carlton leadership group, the 23 year old is getting ready to enter the prime years of his career.
Carlton stockpiling the talent
The Carlton playing list has undergone a major overhaul in recent years. Securing young talent at the draft has been an integral part of the rebuild since list manager Steven Silvagni return to the club from GWS.
Earlier this month Carlton announced multiple re-signings of players including Sam Petrevski-Seton and Charlie Curnow. Developing big man Harry McKay has also pledged his future to the Blues with the 19 year old signing an extension until the end of 2019.
Carlton certainly appears to be trending in the right direction. And the younger players certainly seem to be reveling in the environment under Brendan Bolton. Finals might still be a couple of years away, but there should be enough positive signs for Sam Docherty to see his long-term future at the Blues.