Essendon great Kevin Sheedy has explained he is more ‘worried’ for Carlton in the 2019 season rather than the Gold Coast.
Both clubs struggled during the 2018 season, with Gold Coast winning four games and Carlton winning just twice.
The Suns however have experienced a mass exodus during this off-season period with both co-captains Steven May and Tom Lynch departing the club.
Sheedy spoke to the media and said it is a worry that a team such as the Gold Coast, who have only been around since 2011, are above the Blues.
“When you think of the Gold Coast, really they’ve been there for five minutes and they’re ahead of Carlton — and Carlton have been there for 140 years,” Sheedy said.
“They’ve got more wooden spoons lately than the Gold Coast.
“I’d be worried about Carlton more than the Gold Coast.”
The former Essendon coach also believes the Bombers are still a few years away from being considered as flag contenders.
Essendon finished 11th on the ladder this season after winning 10 games, and Sheedy says it’ll take a few years for current playing group to hit their straps.
“We’ve got some wonderful kids coming through and that will take them a few years, I’d like to see the Bombers when we are 150 years of age as a club in a couple of years, that’ll be wonderful to have a great team playing around then,” Sheedy said.
“We’re still building, but gee it’d be nice at the 150 era of the Essendon footy club which is coming at us very quickly, we’ll have our membership at 100,000 and I’ve got no doubt that we’ll be in a very strong position for the finals.”