20/04/2024

Liam Stocker is pushing for selection at Carlton. Image: carltonfc.com.au

After some consistent performances in the VFL, there are a few young stars at Carlton pushing for selection this week against Brisbane.

Off the back of a disappointing loss against Port Adelaide, the Blues are looking for the right formula that can help the side improve.

Speaking to the media on Thursday morning, David Teague put his faith behind the team running out against Brisbane.

“I’m really comfortable in the group of players that are going out there this weekend,” Teague said.

“We’ve got competition for spots; we’ve got four or five guys putting their hand up.”

One of those players putting his hand up is Liam Stocker, who impressed across half-back in the VFL last week. amassing 38 disposals and kicking a nice goal.

“He’s been playing midfield but he played half-back last week so he’s definitely put his hand up,” Teague said.

“He’ll train as a defender today, if he nails it today he’s definitely a chance.”

It isn’t only Stocker who is impressing the coaching group, with several younger Blues putting together a string of consistent performances in the VFL.

“[David] Cuningham he played really well, had a week off with a concussion then played again,” Teague said.

“You’ve got Lochie O’Brien, Will Setterfield went back and had 11 tackles.

“Matt Owies is hitting the scoreboard so we’ve got some good depth right there at the moment.

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“We’re still looking at which is that best mix, which is the best mix of 22 and we’ll get that  wrong throughout the year, but we’re going to pick the 22 we think is best right now.”

Matthew Owies is another blue pushing his case for senior selection Photo: Elly McNerney, The Inner Sanctum

As well as the depth on offer, there is the opportunity for Teague to shuffle a few magnets on the coaching board, with several players being able to play at both ends of the ground.

“We’ve got quite a flexible team,” he said.

“Zac Williams can go back, Mitch McGovern can play at either end which we tried the other night.

“Sam Petrevski-Seton has been at half back and he can play in the midfield. Our team is quite flexible and we’ve got lots of options there.”

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