PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JULY 18: Patrick Cripps of the Blues looks to pass the ball during the round 16 AFL match between the Fremantle Dockers and the Carlton Blues at Domain Stadium on July 18, 2015 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Carlton’s reigning John Nicholls Medallist Patrick Cripps has signed a contract extension with the Blues, locking him in until at least the end of the 2019 season.

The 20-year-old had a breakout year in 2015, earning the No. 1 ranking at Carlton for contested possessions, clearances and handballs per game, as well as averaging an impressive 23.5 disposals.

His standout season was recognised by the football community, finishing a runner-up in the AFL’s NAB Rising Star Award and being named in the AFLPA’s 22under22 Team.

Cripps was taken with Carlton’s first pick (13) in the 2013 national draft and has played 23 games since making his debut against Melbourne in 2014.

Read more at CarltonFC.com.au

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