MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 06: The Blues run out prior to the round three AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the Sydney Swans at Marvel Stadium on April 06, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Graham Denholm/Getty Images)

David King states that he believes in Carlton long-term, even with the Blues’ 0-3 start to 2019.

“I think the winning comes last, but you’ve got to see things along the way,” King said on SEN’s Whateley.

“We’ve seen Patrick Cripps, when the game stops, he takes complete control. He was just unbelievable on the weekend, 13 clearances and had a battle with Josh Kennedy, but he took the honours there.

“Sam Walsh went with him. He was huge at clearances and I don’t think I’ve seen a first-year player gut-run like he does.

“They got a lot right on the weekend. Liam Jones on Lance Franklin with the support of Jacob Weitering at times, they were awesome.

“So, the backline looks really solid again. The midfield looks incredibly strong.”

The Blues take on Gold Coast in round four in what looks set to be an interesting contest, to say the least.

The Suns have defied expectations with two wins from their opening three games.

An 0-4 start would be far from ideal for the Blues, but the signs of improvement in all areas have been very apparent.