Blues bolter Sam Philp to take confidence from Carlton’s show of faith


“It’s been a rollercoaster of a year. I went in wanting to play the best footy I could and have a bit of fun and felt like I was playing pretty good,” he said.

Philp says Carlton’s show of faith has boosted his confidence. Credit:Getty Images

“To miss out [on Vic Metro], I felt like I was quite worthy [of making it], quite disappointed. I was able to turn that around pretty well.

“To do that, get a national draft combine call-up and to turn that into a first round draft pick is just unbelievable and something I am still pinching myself about.

“If you had told me a year ago [he would be a first round pick] I probably wouldn’t believe you. Something I have learnt this year is nothing is out of reach.”

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The on-baller has been training in the off-season with his NAB League club the Northern Knights, which is where he was before the draft on Wednesday.

“I was there and caught up with Rhy Gieschen [Northern Knights talent manager] before training and he said, ‘Leave at 6:30, you just never know,'” Philp recalled.

“And that was the motto for last night – You Never Know. [I] got home just before the first pick, hadn’t really showered or had dinner or anything, just sat straight on the couch and watching and the live pick trading made it unpredictable but it was pure shock, pure excitement and a night I will never forget.”

He filmed a video on draft night to say hello to the Carlton family and it was posted on Twitter. Philp raised eyebrows with his unusual Blues jersey he had on, but it turns out it wasn’t rushed to him from the club.

“I went to Bali a couple of years ago and bought all 18 jerseys. Something a bit stupid. [I] had all of them in the closet and got picked up and straight away, went to the closet and chucked it on. [It was] too big for me, not even sure about the sponsorships and that. I think I was copping a bit of stuff on the Twitter and that,” he said.



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