MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 08: David Teague the Interim coach of the Blues looks on during the round 12 AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Brisbane Lions at Marvel Stadium on June 08, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Blues caretaker David Teague has been officially unveiled as Carlton’s permanent senior coach at a press conference on Thursday morning, signing a three-year deal.

Teague took over the role after the dismissal of Brendan Bolton in June.

Since then, the Blues have played a much more competitive brand of footy, boasting a 5-4 record under the stewardship of Teague.

The 38-year-old has quickly gained the support of fans and players alike after instilling a free flowing, attacking game plan after Carlton started the year with just one win.

Impressive victories against Fremantle, Adelaide and Brisbane along with competitive clashes with Richmond and the West Coast Eagles has encouraged the club to hop on board “the Teague train”.

“While I am proud to be given this great opportunity to coach our football club, my overwhelming feeling is excitement for what we can achieve together,” Teague told the club website.

“The support that not only myself, but our entire playing and coaching group have felt, is a real sign that the entire Carlton family believes in the direction we are heading.

“I will be giving everything I have to see our club achieve success and I have no doubt our players will give their heart and soul as well. Off the back of the incredible support received so far from our fans, I’m confident that our unity as a football club is one that is capable of delivering our members premierships.”

According to The Age, that the Blues only considered Teague and Port Adelaide assistant coach Michael Voss for the role.

Teague’s appointment comes after comments from Carlton football director Chris Judd, who said on Channel Nine’s Footy Classified, that the Blues would not appoint someone “with training wheels on”.

The comments were initially seen as dismissive to Teague being considered for the role of senior coach due to his lack of senior coaching experience, however Judd later clarified he had not meant to remove Teague from consideration.

Teague will become the second caretaker coach to the be made permanent this season after North Melbourne selected Rhyce Shaw to be Brad Scott’s long term successor.

St Kilda interim coach Brett Ratten is also the favourite to become the permanent head coach of the club, potentially making all three interim coaches successful in their bids for long term roles.

Teague’s first test as permanent coach comes against Ratten’s Saints on Saturday at the MCG.