One of the best stories of the season has just gotten even better, with Liam Jones’ resurrection of his AFL career complete, with the 26-year-old signing a two-year contract extension with Carlton.
Jones, who joined Carlton in 2014 after failing to impress as a key forward during six years at the Western Bulldogs, was moved into defence for the Blues’ VFL side earlier this season, and it paid immediate dividends.
His brilliant form with the Northern Blues saw him earn a recall to the senior side in Round 12 against Greater Western Sydney and he has played every game since and will now be with Carlton until at least the end of the 2019 season.
“It’s a fantastic example of someone having an opportunity put in front of him and making the most of it. His attitude and approach to learning his new role should be praised, and his terrific form has been rewarded with a new contract,” head of football Andrew McKay said.
“Liam has a lot to learn as a defender still, but we know he will continue to work hard and apply himself on developing his craft over the next two years.”
Jones, who has now played a total of 88 AFL games, said he delighted he has been rewarded with a new contract.
“The move into the back six has obviously reinvigorated me and I’m really grateful to the Club for giving me the opportunity to go around again for the next couple of years,” Jones said.
“I want to make particular mention to (Northern Blues coach) Josh Fraser and (Blues’ backline coach) Dale Amos. They are two coaches who have invested a significant amount of time into my development as a defender, and I have really enjoyed working alongside them both.
“I know I have a long way to go with my development and I am continuing to learn the defensive craft, but I am excited to be continuing on for the next couple of years with the Club I love and I’m looking forward to seeing what this young group can achieve in the coming years.”