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Carlton Blues AFL 2024 Predictions, Projections and Player Movement

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Last updated: 19 Feb 2024
Jeremy Darke 19 Feb 2024
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  • Carlton Blues predicted to finish 5th in the AFL 2024 season.
  • Blues have the arguably the best one-two punch in their forward line.
  • Counter-play must improve if they are to push into top 4.
Charlie Curnow and Harry McKay
Charlie Curnow and Harry McKay of the Blues. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Carlton Blues AFL 2024 Predictions, Projections and Player Movement


Where they finish: 5th in the AFL in 2024 

  • AFL 2024 Team Previews, Predictions & Player Movement: Carlton Blues
  • Where they finish: 5th in the AFL in 2024 
  • What’s to like 
  • What’s NOT to like
  • Carlton Blues Offseason Player Movement
  • Carlton Blues Predicted Round 1 Squad

A top 4 finish can certainly be possible for Carlton this season, however, the expectation will be on their shoulders this season, unlike last year where they overachieved. If the Blues stay healthy and can get service to the big guys up front, they can certainly push for a premiership.

What’s to like 


If you could have the best two power forwards inside your attacking 50 you would take it everyday of the week, and that is where the blues biggest strength lies. Charlie Curnow and Harry McKay are both Coleman Medalists and if they can coexist and both reach max at their full potential the AFL and its fans are in for a treat.

For the Carlton forwards to do that they need the service and they get that from the engine room that is Patric Cripps, Sam Walsh and Adam Cerra.  The Blues midfield balances their attack and ball movement with stingy defence that pins their opposition in their own half, applying the theory of the best defence is a good offence.

What’s NOT to like


Health can be an issue for any club but the news of Jack Silvagni’s ACL injury has started Carlton’s season on the wrong foot and losing a little depth in the offseason may come back to bite them.

Carlton will also need to be better to adapt when things drift off the game plan and quick decisions and ball movement are needed. The Blues failed to convert on their turnovers last season and will need to improve in that department. Getting a little more out of ruckman Tom De Koning will also be vital to their success in 2024.

Carlton Blues Offseason Player Movement


IN
Matt Carroll (Rookie Draft), Orazio Fantasia (delisted free agent), Elijah Hollands (trade, Gold Coast), Ashton Moir (No.29 draft pick), Rob Monahan (international rookie), Billy Wilson (No.34 draft pick)

OUT
Ed Curnow (retired), Paddy Dow (trade, St Kilda), Zac Fisher (trade, North Melbourne), Josh Honey (delisted), Lochie O'Brien (delisted), Sam Philp (delisted), Lachie Plowman (retired)

Carlton Blues Predicted Round 1 Squad


Full Back

Zac Williams

Mitch McGovern

Brodie Kemp

Half Back

Nic Newman

Lewis Young

Adam Saad

Centre

Blake Acres

Patrick Cripps

Oliver Hollands

Half Forward

Sam Docherty

Charlie Curnow

Jack Martin

Full Forward

Matt Owies

Harry McKay

Jesse Motlop

Followers

Marc Pittonet

Adam Cerra

Sam Walsh

Interchange

Tom De Koning

Matthew Cottrell

George Hewett

Matthew Kennedy

Lachie Fogarty (sub)

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