MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 05: Eddie Betts of the Blues celebrates a goal during the round six AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Melbourne Demons at Melbourne Cricket Ground on May 5, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Carlton veteran Eddie Betts is tipped to enter an 18th season in the AFL, with reports suggesting the 34-year-old will sign a one-year extension with the Blues.

According to SEN's Sam Edmund, Betts is "highly likely" to hold off calling-time on his career in favour of a further 12 months at Ikon Park.

The beloved small forward has played 347 games since making his debut in 2005, sharing his illustrious career with the Blues and Crows in booting 637 goals.

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GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 20: Eddie Betts of the Blues (L) in action during the round 3 AFL match between the Geelong Cats and the Carlton Blues at GMHBA Stadium on June 20, 2020 in Geelong, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/AFL Photos via Getty Images )

Betts returned to Carlton from West Lakes at the end of the 2019 season, with some believing his return into the navy jumper would only last the one campaign before retirement.

Despite ongoing injuries, the crafty goal-sneak has added plenty of life to this young Carlton squad, whilst proving he still has plenty left in the tank.

Betts has booted 24 goals from his 16 games this season, ranking second at the Blues behind Coleman Medal leader Harry McKay.

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According to Edmund's report, Betts new deal waits on the outcome of Carlton's current external review into their football operations, but it is understood that there is agreement between the club and their cherished veteran.

The Carlton live-wire is currently battling an ankle injury and will face an uphill battle to return to David Teague's side for Round 21, where the Blue clash with the Suns at Marvel Stadium.

A return in the coming weeks could bode well for the Blues' finals push, as they sit outside the top eight by four points with three matches left in the 2021 season.