21/04/2024
Sam Walsh was among those on light duties at Carlton today. VIA: Rose Zarucky/@rosewithone_eye on Instagram

Sam Walsh was among those on light duties at Carlton today. VIA: Rose Zarucky/@rosewithone_eye on Instagram

Carlton's pre-season track turnout is the strongest it's been in years despite several stars remaining sidelined.

For the first time in a long time, the rehab group at Carlton contains only two names – Jack Silvagni and Jacob Weitering.

And, as Weitering ticked off another milestone during Friday’s session, the list will likely become shorter over the next month. 

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The star key defender was met with a notable applause as he ran along the boundary, completing multiple short running stints. 

His estimated return date remains to be Round 3 for Carlton’s now annual Good Friday match against North Melbourne at Marvel Stadium on March 29. 

David Cuningham, Zac Williams and Mitch McGovern were, however, amongst a high track turnout at IKON Park today, which saw only one player – Sam Walsh – remain inside for the duration of the session.

This comes following Carlton’s Community Camp, which took place in Bendigo during the week, as well as an intense session on Monday.

The Gary Ayres Medallist participated in a modified program behind closed doors. 

Jack Martin was inhibited by a heavily strapped knee, but was able to run laps over the course of the session. 

Caleb Marchbank, Matthew Kennedy and Corey Durdin were also on light duties – emerging to participate in numerous kicking drills, laps and agility exercises. 

Orazio Fantasia also appeared to be moving freely, showcasing the kicking ability which saw the Blues chase him in the off season. 

Elijah Hollands, Ollie Hollands and Jaxon Binns were amongst the best performers whilst draftee Billy Wilson continued to press his case for a 2024 debut. 

If these names are a hint at what’s to come for the Blues this year, expect to see a newfound speed and evasive power to compliment their heavy focus on contested work.

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