Carlton youngster Liam Stocker has signed a new deal with the club until the end of 2022.
The 19-year-old joins Sam Walsh, also drafted in 2018, in signing on at the club long-term.
Stocker was selected with pick No.19 in the 2018 AFL Draft after winning the Morrish Medal for being the best and fairest in the NAB League.
He has impressed with his ability to win the ball on the inside and also with his elite foot skills on both sides of the body.
Stocker made an impact in his first three VFL games for the Northern Blues and debuted in the AFL in Round 7 against North Melbourne.
In his first five AFL games he averaged 14 disposals and 13 pressure acts. Unfortunately a foot injury forced him out of the side but he returned strong in the VFL.
Stocker is looking forward to developing more in 2020 and has enjoyed the AFL so far.
“It’s great that the Club believes in me, I am loving my time in the Navy Blue and am really excited to be part of what we are building here,” he told the club website.
“When you walk into this Club you realise how special it is to wear the guernsey, I can’t put it into words the moment I first wore it against North.”
“We have a really exciting midfield group here at the Club and I am loving the chance to learn from those experienced guys in the middle but also down back as well.”
“I am just focused on becoming the best player I can possibly be for this football club and doing everything I can to makes us successful over the next three seasons.”
Carlton general manager of list management Stephen Silvagni, said the club is excited to see how he improves over the next few years.
“We rate Liam really highly and this year his effort and intensity to the program saw him fit into our system and earn his debut early in the season,” Silvagni said.
“Those five games of AFL will give Liam huge motivation to work hard over the summer to give himself every chance for greater opportunity at the elite level in 2020.”
“We look forward to seeing his development unfold and we know our members and supporters will enjoy watching Liam emerge over the next three years.”