The Carlton Blues finished the season in 13th place on the AFL ladder, as they won eight games and lost 14 games in season 2021.
They only finished above Hawthorn on percentage. The Carlton Blues may be boosted by the return of Charlie Curnow from injury. He will take the pressure off Harry McKay.
They lost Liam Jones, who had the highest average intercepts of any of the Carlton Blues players in season 2021, with an average of 8.42 intercepts per game.
It will heap more pressure on Jacob Weitering, who had the second highest average intercepts of any Carlton Blues player with an average of 8.32 intercepts per game in season 2021.
It will be interesting to see how the Carlton Blues go under the recently appointed Michael Voss in season 2022.
Jacob Weitering was one of three Carlton Blues players that were selected in the AFL All Australian squad of 40 in season 2021, along with Sam Walsh and Harry McKay.
But Weitering was the only one of the three that wasn’t selected in the final 22. He finished second in the Carlton Blues’ best and fairest and led by example.
He featured in all 22 games and was one of two key defenders, along with Liam Jones, who could hold their heads high in relation to the manner in which they performed in season 2021.
Unfortunately for Weitering, he will be without Jones and it will be difficult to find a replacement for him.
Perhaps Mitch McGovern may have to play as a key defender as Voss needs to think laterally to find a replacement for Jones as Weitering can’t play for two players.
George Hewett is an underrated player who has the capability to have a big impact at the Carlton Blues. He should get more to time to play in the midfield than he did at the Sydney Swans.
It’s impossible for Ed Curnow to replicate his form from earlier in his career and be the only tagger at the Carlton Blues, as he barely fits into the Carlton Blues’ best 22 for season 2022.
Hewett showed what he is capable of in the elimination final against the GWS Giants where he had 13 tackles.
The Sydney Swans ended up losing the game by a point, but Hewett showed that he is capable of playing a key role when the opposition has the ball, playing as an inside midfielder.
He averaged 6.95 contested possessions out of an average of 17.90 disposals per game in season 2021.
All Hewett needs is an opportunity to play in the midfield or on the wing and he will gain confidence through being given the game time in the midfield that he warrants if the Carlton Blues are to be successful in season 2022.
Sam Walsh finished fourth in the Brownlow Medal in a season when he polled 30 votes in a team that only won eight games in season 2021.
It could be argued that he is the best player in the competition based on the adversity and trying times the Carlton Blues had to face.
Walsh managed to rise above it and was one of the positives for the Carlton Blues to take out of season 2021.
Walsh won the Carlton Blues’ best and fairest, which his form warranted. He was named on the wing in the AFL All Australian starting 22 in season 2021.
He featured in all 22 games and averaged the most disposals, tackles as well as score involvements of any Carlton Blues player in season 2021.
He should relish the opportunity of vindicating the consistency that he displayed in season 2021 and prove that he is arguably the best player in the competition.
Jack Silvagni finished tenth in the best and fairest for the Carlton Blues. That’s despite the fact that he only featured in 15 games.
The Carlton Blues had seven wins and eight losses with him in the team and one win and six losses without him in the team.
He is a midsized forward that’s extremely difficult to match up on.
It’s a make-or-break year for him in season 2022, should he stay fit and available for selection.
Silvagni should go into season 2022 with a point to prove. He is capable of being an icing-on-the-cake-type player.
He doesn’t have to get a lot of the ball to have an impact on the game.
He averaged 13.33 disposals per game, but still managed to average 5.07 score involvements per game.