Young Carlton star Sam Walsh believes the Blues have a real shot of playing finals football in 2020, suggesting it will be the goal of his side to feature in September.
Carlton hasn’t played finals since the 2013 season, although the club did win six of their final 11 games under David Teague to end the 2019 campaign.
Walsh says the Blues can continue on with that form next season, and says he won’t put a limit on what they could achieve in the future.
“That’s definitely our goal heading into the season (to push for top eight),” Walsh told the Herald Sun.
“I think for us as a group we can’t put any limitations on where our season can go.
“We aren’t saying within the club that ‘we’ve got to finish here’ or ‘we’ve got to finish there’ but we definitely know that the sky is the limit for us if we are able to work hard and really buy in as a group.
“We are doing that at the moment, but the challenge is with the good teams you have got to be able to do that consistently and over a long time.
“We know it’s not going to happen straight away … we’ve just got to keep working hard and building as a team and I think we can do some good things with this group.”
Following on from Teague’s appointment in mid-August, Walsh says the 38-year-old has already had an impact on the Blues, and has brought some excitement to the playing group.
“Teaguey has been great. Obviously to have him as the coach in the second half of the year, we really got to see what he was like as a head coach and he was awesome for all us boys and for the other coaches as well,” Walsh said.
“For him and the group it is very exciting times because we are able to build our season right now and start practising on what we can to perform at the highest level and Teaguey is definitely helping us do that at the moment.”