AFL 3 months ago

When a good player leaves, sometimes the doors open up!

  • When a good player leaves, sometimes the doors open up!

Speculation is rife regarding where Levi Casboult will end up at the end of this season. Will he leave Carlton?  As an unrestricted free agent, he has the choice to literally go anywhere he chooses given the right offer. As Carlton supporters, we don’t really want to see good players leave for another club given the investment the club and supporters have put in to a player. Yet sometimes this move opens up a path for another player to step in and really shine.

When Zac Tuohy left last year, I was a bit saddened. I loved watching him play and his mindset for not only the game but the club. Watching him this year, while he is playing good footy, I don’t think he is playing the kind of footy that he played at Carlton where he really shone and this year we have seen the backline of the team grow exponentially. 

The revelation of Alex Silvagni has put to rest any fears I had of the backline being lack lustre with the departure of Tuohy.  Before his injury, seeing him run from one tackle to another in the space of a few seconds was breathtaking. Not giving up, putting his body on the line is one of those “WOW” moments in footy that any coach and supporter wants to see.

The youngsters down back who are growing stronger and stronger with every game is exciting.  With seasoned players assisting such as Sam Docherty and Kade Simpson moving freely around the ground, it is ensuring that talent and experience combined with a thirst to get the ball is proving to be something that Carlton has not seen in a while, and a hope for the future.

But the resurgence of Liam Jones down back is mind-boggling inspirational. Whoever thought of that idea to move him there needs to be given a medal.  It is brilliant and one that sees another cult hero rise.  If he keeps this up, not only will he be at the club for a while, but he will be a feared opponent from other clubs. Watching him, I shake my head wondering where the hell have you been sir?  I just want to run on to the field give him a big “high five” for every time he stops a high-ranking forward from either getting the ball or frustrating the hell out of them when they do get it and fluff it at the goals.

In the past few years I have only seen a few players actually leave Carlton and get what they wanted, the chance to play in a premiership contest with the hope of winning the pinnacle, the Premiership.  I don’t see Tuohy, Lachie Henderson or Jarrad Waite win a Premiership.

What this means is that should Casboult leave, then if he goes to a club that is supposedly on the better track to make finals and win the elusive silver cup, then he could to be in that same position as Tuohy, Henderson or Waite. I just think that Casboult leaving would set him back in his footy. He has to weigh up what it would mean starting again at his age at a new club. 

Given that his form this year has been better, albeit he needs to be more consistent at goals. He needs to understand that leaving a rising club for a club that is supposedly already risen is fraught with danger. Because it could be that in the end that very club could sink to the bottom. Why, because Carlton is on the rise and the speculation that he might move to Richmond would find him in a quagmire of where does he actually fit in given their current list. With Carlton, he knows.

I don’t want Casboult to leave, but then again, it could open up for someone like a Jonsey or an ASOS to step in and become more than what anyone could have thought. 

#BOUNDBYBLUE!

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