Lighter Blues to stick with attacking brand


“I love attacking footy, more scoring is better, it brings more members and more fans and more enjoyment for the boys if we start winning,” Docherty said on Tuesday.

“The thing that has really impressed me is that (Teague) isn’t coming down and telling us what to do; he’s letting us develop the way we play our footy.

“Rather than telling us, the coaches are giving the environment to let us solve situations.”

Whatever the type of footy they play, the Blues will be looking to overcome a shocking recent history early in seasons.

Carlton have started the season 0-4 three times in the past four years, piling pressure on a young and inexperienced list.

But Cripps and Docherty believe the group’s new-found confidence and commitment to the pre-season will hold them in good stead to attack 2020 head on.

“What that shows to me is that they’re motivated and ready to take their next step as AFL players,” Cripps said.

“The way we finished last year definitely gives us more optimism going into the year.

“Last year is gone now and we’ve got a good platform where everyone has come back in good nick to build on but it’s up to us to make something out of that now.”

Cripps, who has always played around the 95-kilomgram mark, will be closer to 92 when he takes to the MCG against Richmond in the season opener next year.

The midfield bull has looked to get lighter over the off-season in a move that he hopes will help his agility around the contests.

“If this doesn’t work over the pre-season, I can quickly chuck a few on. We’ll see how it goes, I do feel like I’m moving a bit better,” he said with a smile.

Cripps and Docherty joined young key-position players Harry McKay and Jacob Weitering along with returning hero Eddie Betts in the club’s launch of their 2020 kit.

The jumper is the first produced by new sponsors Puma after the Blues changed apparel suppliers  from Nike after a partnership of nearly three decades.

As revealed by The Age in the trade period, the club confirmed on Tuesday that Betts will return to his jumper number of 19.

The small forward played his first nine seasons in the number 19 at Carlton, kicking 290 goals in 184 games.

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