That trend is set to continue into 2020, with a similar number forecast by insiders.
Fixture boss Travis Auld was quizzed about how much prime time football the Blues would have in 2020, given Monday’s launch of the pre-season competition was held at Ikon Park.
“They’ve certainly asked for more,” Auld smirked.
“They’ve been exciting, particularly the back part of last year. It puts them in the position where they certainly deserve a bit more of those Thursday/Fridays and certainly back in the Saturday slot, so yeah, you’ll see some more of that.”
Despite a horror start to the year under embattled coach Brendon Bolton, the Blues finished the season on a high under Teague, winning six of their last 11 games and drawing impressive crowds.
But AFL heavyweights want to see more consistency from a side that has lingered at the bottom of the ladder for several years before rewarding them with more attractive fixtures.
When contacted by The Age, Carlton said it would prefer to comment after the official fixture is released on Thursday.
In other fixture news, there will be several double-headers of AFLW and men’s games in both the pre-season competition and the season proper.
Sources close to negotiations have told The Age approximately six double-headers will take place, with at least two of them during the men’s home-and-away season.
For those games fans wanting to watch the AFLW clash will have to pay to see the men’s game, given the times will be so close together.
“The AFLW season will run through the pre-season competition and into the men’s [home-and-away] competition,” Auld said.
“We’re certainly planning to have a few double-headers, both in the pre-season competition and the men’s home-and-away. Clubs have been really, really keen to make that work. It’s complicated in some ways with different venues and travel schedules, but we’ll get a number in there.”
The AFL Women’s fixture will be announced on Tuesday morning, with the first game set to be Friday, February 7.
Sam McClure won the Clinton Grybas rising star award at the AFL media association awards in 2015.