22/04/2024
Brodie Kemp in 2020. Picture: Carlton Media

Brodie Kemp in 2020. Picture: Carlton Media

Ahead of his fifth season in the navy blue, defender Brodie Kemp is hitting the ground running ahead of the 2024 season.

The 2019 first-round draft pick had to wait until Round 7 last season against West Coast to play senior football, cementing his place in Carlton’s back six.

He would go on to play 17 matches in 2023, including all three finals matches as the Blues missed out on their first grand final appearance in 24 years.

Injuries have hampered the 22-year-old’s career, including missing out the entire 2020 season after undergoing a knee reconstruction the previous July.

But with a second-straight pre-season injury-free, Kemp says he’s feeling good.

“Just getting another pre-season under my belt. I think that’s two full pre-seasons now, going into my fifth year,” Kemp said.

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“I was happy with last year and what I contributed to the team.

“So I think it’s just doubling-down, making sure that I can still sort of contribute to the team.

“Right now, list spots and selections are probably the hardest it’s been which is the old adage ‘it’s a good problem to have’.

“So, I’m just working hard to sort of hold my spot and get back into the team.”

Carlton rode a rollercoaster wave in 2023, climbing from 15th place after a round 13 loss to Essendon, registering nine wins in their last 10 matches to reach September action for the first time in a decade.

The Blues would also win a finals match for the first time since 2011, defeating Sydney in the elimination final before toppling Melbourne in a heart-stopping semi-final.

The ride looked as if it would go on another week following a five-goal start, but ultimately ended with a preliminary final loss to Brisbane at the Gabba.

With expectations higher than ever before under coach Michael Voss, Kemp believes it’s an exciting time at Ikon Park.

“It’s really exciting. I think as a football club we were starved from a lot of success in the last 10 years,” he said.

“So, I think for us to have the year we did, get to the prelim final, I think it’s just given us all a bit of a taste which we were sort of starved for a lot of the time.

“I think it’s just made us hungry and makes us want to go back there and go that one step further.”

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