Carlton Blues

Key Blue slowly on the mend in comeback from knee surgery

Jon Pierik 2:34 PM   Carlton has revealed rebounding half-back Andrew Walker is recovering slowly from knee surgery but remain hopeful he will play in the NAB Challenge.

Malthouse drives Blues to crack down on 'taking the mickey'

Aiming high: Blues skipper Marc Murphy at the summit of Mount Buller.

Jon Pierik   Carlton has made it clear players who strive for excellence will be respected and admired and no longer have the "mickey" taken out of them as the rejigged Blues seek greater accountability.

Blues have set 'lofty expectations', says Dale Thomas

Aiming high: An exhausted Dale Thomas during the Carlton players’ ride up Mount Buller Road.

Jon Pierik   A rejuvenated Dale Thomas says he hopes to again play a key role in the midfield as coach Mick Malthouse and the Blues set "lofty expectations" after a disappointing 2014 campaign.

Draftee hopes to give Blues a kick along

New Blues: Clem Smith, Blaine Boekhorst Jayden Foster and Dillon Viojo-Rainbow.

Jon Pierik   Mature-age recruit Blaine Boekhorst is keen to show why the Blues coveted his penetrating kicking, starting in next month's NAB Challenge opener against West Coast.

Saints, Blues to recognise war connection on Anzac Day

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse, Shrine Guard Gary Brunda and Saints coach Alan Richardson.

Ronny Lerner   The annual AFL Anzac Day clash in New Zealand will take on extra significance this year when St Kilda and Carlton meet at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium in round 4.

Cats to remain in premiership mix, data suggests

Jackson Thurlow.

Jon Pierik   While there have been predictions of doom for Geelong, official analysis of the Cats' list suggests they should remain firmly in the premiership mix this season.

Judd as sharp as ever, says Jamison

Looking good: Chris Judd has been impressive at Princes Park training this pre-season.

Jon Pierik   The pre-season brings with it many declarations that players are "flying" on the training track. But when it comes to Carlton, it's clear Chris Judd - despite what already will be a Hall of Fame career - still has much to give.

Jaksch on track for full return by month's end

Kristian Jaksch is back training with a modified program.

Daniel Cherny   Carlton recruit Kristian Jaksch is on track to return to full training by month’s end.

Thomas hasn't missed a beat as Blues set 'lofty goals'

Working hard: Dale Thomas.

Jon Pierik   Carlton star Dale Thomas is relishing joining in full training, but Gold Coast champion Gary Ablett has revealed he won't join in full contact work until late next month.

Can your team's AFL veterans keep on kicking?

Dustin Fletcher (right), preparing for a remarkable 23rd season, is still seen as a vital piece in defence, while the clever Jason Winderlich (left) had a strong 2014 and made the right call to play on.

Jon Pierik and Matt Murnane   As the pre-season summer slog resumes and the intensity of training rises, many of the game's elder statesmen may be beginning to wonder whether this is their last campaign - either through receiving the dreaded post-season nudge from their coaches, or through their own volition.

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Saints look to ex-Blues recruiting boss

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Jake Niall   St Kilda has hired former Carlton recruiting boss Wayne Hughes in a new role overseeing the club's recruiting of seasoned players.

Kreuzer marches forward for Blues

Matthew Kreuzer at training.

Rohan Connolly   As Carlton completed its final session of training before the Christmas break on Monday, big man Matthew Kreuzer stood out even more than usual.

Malthouse extends contract with La Trobe

Mick Malthouse Malthouse has suggested the AFL’s player movement system is against the law.

Daniel Cherny   He comes out of contract in his main job at the end of the 2015 season, but Carlton coach Mick Malthouse will continue to serve in his role as a vice chancellor’s fellow at La Trobe university.

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Magpies and Blues in talks about MCG double-header

Rhyce Shaw in action during an AFL reserves curtain-raiser against Carlton at the MCG in 1999.

Daniel Cherny   Collingwood are set for Saturday morning fever at the MCG next year, with the soon to be released VFL fixture likely to hand the Magpies a pair of Saturday curtain-raisers, including the tantalising possibility of a Magpies v Blues MCG double-header.

Silvagni returns, says Blues 'will take time'

Stephen Silvagni is back at Carlton.

Jake Niall   Carlton announce the prodigal return of former champion Stephen Silvagni in a position heading up list management.

Ex-girlfriend of former AFL star Nick Stevens scarred by alleged abuse, court hears

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The mother of Nick Stevens' girlfriend had to step between the pair to stop the former AFL player headbutting her, a court has heard.

Carlton and the culture club

Carlton character Percy Jones in 1976.

Jake Niall   A few weeks ago, a pair of brothers who run a Clifton Hill cafe received second-hand word that "Jeremy Cameron is coming to Carlton when he comes out of contract at the Giants."

Carlton target expansion clubs for curtain-raisers

The Northern Blues could take on Frankston at Etihad Stadium.

Daniel Cherny   The revival of curtain-raisers at Carlton home games seems likely to be confined to just two matches in 2015, with low-drawing dates against expansion teams pin-pointed as likely options.

Bulldogs launched last-ditch bid to keep Tutt

Jason Tutt.

David Polkinghorne   Jason Tutt already had the Blues when the Western Bulldogs made a final play for the Canberra product.

Murphy captain in smaller Carlton leadership group

Captain again: Marc Murphy.

Ronny Lerner   Carlton has unveiled a downsized leadership group for the 2015 season that will be spearheaded by Marc Murphy for a third year in a row.