MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 04: Nic Newman of the Blues celebrates a goal during the round 20 AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the West Coast Eagles at Marvel Stadium on August 04, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Carlton defender Nic Newman has signed a two-year extension to keep him at the Blues until the end of 2023.

Newman made a brilliant return from injury this year after he missed most of the 2020 season. Newman suffered a dislocated elbow in Round 1, but was able to recover due to the Covid enforced lay-off.

However, in Round 2 of the same year, he suffered ruptured a patella tendon. That injury blow ruled the former Swan out for the season.

The 28-year-old managed 14 games in 2021 and was a solid contributor once regaining his spot in the senior team.

Carlton Head of List Management Nick Austin Newman had become an asset both on and off-field in his time at at the Blues.

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“It was great to see Nic get back out on the park this year and make a strong contribution in defence,” Austin said.

“Nic’s injury last season allowed him to take on an off-field role and explore his passion for coaching. That really enabled him to grow in a leadership sense, and he used that to his and the team’s advantage both across the VFL and AFL this year.

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“With a solid pre-season, we are excited to see Nic gain consistency next year and we are looking forward to watching him get back to his best and assert his confidence and control in our back six.”