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Chris Judd under no pressure to play on in 2015, says Mick Malthouse

Chris Judd celebrates a goal with Lachie Henderson on Sunday.

Chris Judd celebrates a goal with Lachie Henderson on Sunday. Photo: Getty Images

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse does not plan to even ask Chris Judd whether his recaptured fitness and form will see him play on for a 14th season in 2015.

Judd played his third game back from a hamstring injury against Collingwood on Sunday night, having struggled through the pre-season and early rounds with a damaged Achilles.

The midfielder had 27 possessions and was one of the Blues’ better players in their 15-point defeat, which left Malthouse feeling as though his side was generally outclassed by the Collingwood line-up.

The Blues forced themselves to within two goals during the third quarter and got as close as nine points, with Collingwood able to keep pushing back.

Malthouse thought a few missed shots on goal during the third term became particularly costly when the Magpies were able to score quickly at the other end, with the missed shots “almost like a relief to the opposition and, damn it, one that got away from us. If you can put doubt in the opposition’s mind on the scoreboard then you don’t know what takes place”.

The coach said Judd’s decision on whether to play again was entirely up to him and that he expected it would depend on what the 30-year-old still wanted to get out of his football.

“I’m not going to ask Chris. That’s a decision he has to make,” Malthouse said.

“I guess as it gets closer to the end of the year he may knock on my door and tell me what he wants to do, but I’m not going to be pressuring him for an answer one way or the other. He’s played enough football to know what he needs to achieve.

“I don’t think it will be how we’re going and I don’t think it will be what he sees in the future, I think it will be more about: can his body take another year?

“He hasn’t played a lot of footy this year so it depends on whether he wants to put himself through another long pre-season. We won’t put him through a long pre-season, but it is a long pre-season given we don’t start until April next year. So we’ll wait and see.”

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