Mitch Robinson with some Carlton fans during the Blues' visit to Lygon street on Monday. Photo: Pat Scala
MITCH Robinson is aiming to turn his fight at the Big Day Out into a bigger week out in order to win back the respect of his Carlton teammates.
Robinson on Tuesday described as a ''hiccup'' the scuffle he was involved in with another reveller at the weekend, after which he was ordered by his club to donate $1000 to a charity and complete two months of community service.
The fight also cost him the respect of his teammates, according to veteran forward Jarrad Waite.
Robinson was the focus of attention for supporters and media at another big day out on Tuesday when Carlton players met fans in Lygon Street, particularly as he walked with Heath Scotland, who was last week suspended by the Blues for two games and ordered to donate $3000 to charity after pleading guilty to an assault charge.
Robinson admitted he had to regain his standing among teammates, although he had learnt the risks of being caught in troublesome situations.
''I just want to focus on my footy and get back to training and get the respect back from the club and the boys,'' he said. ''Obviously you've got to think your way out of [situations] a lot better than I did on the weekend. I learnt from that.''
Earlier, Waite said the 23-year-old had let his teammates down. ''He knows he's done the wrong thing by the club, he knows he's lost a little bit of respect.
''But … we know he'll come out [with] a positive attitude. He's so crucial to the team. We don't like that it's happened but we've moved on now, and so has he.''
Waite said the race to succeed Chris Judd as skipper was likely to be tight between the three leading candidates, Marc Murphy, Andrew Carrazzo and Kade Simpson.
The Blues are expected to name the captain next month.
Waite, 30, escaped serious injury last week when he injured a finger at training, and said he was eager to start the new season with a good fitness base after enduring a run of injuries that kept him out of a combined 23 games over the past two seasons.
''It's the first time I've done a lot of the pre-Christmas training in four or five years,'' he said. ''It just holds you in good stead for [the] whole season. I'm really looking forward to playing some longer periods of football.''