Robert Walls Says Carlton Blues Has Best List In A Decade, Michael Voss, Captain Call, Announcement, Management Group, Patrick Cripps, Jacob Weitering, Sam Walsh

Australian Football Hall of Fame member Robert Walls believes Carlton’s “roster is the best it has been in a decade,” in glowing support for his former club.

It comes as new coach Michael Voss faces heightened expectations to lead the club to the final for the first time since 2013 from an impatient fan base following the Blues’ shortcomings in recent years.

Speaking on 3AW Sports DayWalls is confident Carlton has the staff on the ground to end his nine-year post-season drought.

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“Their list is now the best it has been in a decade,” he said.

“The expectations of the supporters will be quite high, I wouldn’t be surprised if they made it to the final. They need to win more games than they lose to get a tick at the end of the season and they are more than capable of doing it.

On a personal level, Walls was delighted to see Voss have yet another opportunity to coach at the highest level.

“What I love is that he’s just dinkum,” Walls said.

“He was thrown into Brisbane’s senior coaching position far too early, and I can understand why they made that decision, but he was just out of the game, he was very young, he had never coached.

“What I liked was that when he lost his job in Brisbane he was ready for an apprenticeship and a long apprenticeship.

“He moved his family from the comfort of Brisbane to Adelaide and spent seven years there under Ken Hinkley which I think would be a great learning experience. He is now ready to go. I’m so glad he got this opportunity.

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Along with Carlton’s expected increase is another active recruiting offseason following the additions of Adam Cerra, George Hewett and Lewis Young.

However, Liam Jones sensational retired due to his refusal to be vaccinated, while Sam Docherty stepped down as co-captain to focus on his health and his return to football amidst a second battle with testicular cancer.

As the Blues prepare to announce their new management squad, Walls has backed Patrick Cripps as the only man to lead the club in 2022, stepping away from the co-captain model.

“I don’t believe in co-captains, I think you have a captain and he’s the leader and everyone understands him,” he said.

“This captain knows then that he is in charge of the ship, if I had made the decision in Carlton, I would have

Patrick Cripps as captain and Jacob Weitering and Sam Walsh as vice captains.

“I think 12 months from now you will have a better indication of whether you go with Weitering or Walsh.

“Walsh has only had three seasons of senior football and he’s been exceptional, Jacob Weitering is rock solid, he does his job and thinks of the other players. Both are performing extremely well off the field which is also important, but I would have Cripps as captain and the other two as vice captains.


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