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Could Carlton add two state level players to its list?


Carlton CEO Cain Liddle has revealed the club has two spots open on its list that it can use to add state league players under the AFL’s new list management rules.

The Blues planned to have one spot open, but Sam Docherty’s season-ending ACL tear gives them the option of adding a second player.

It was revealed last week that Carlton had two players training with them - Williamstown’s Michael Gibbons and Dandenong’s Matthew Cottrell.

If they want to, the Blues could add both players to their list for 2019.

“With the change of rules, we were keeping one spot open on our list to potentially use mid-year to see if a player from the VFL or the other state leagues took off, to give us that flexibility,” Liddle told SEN Breakfast.

“With Sam now going onto the long-term injury list, we’ve got two spots.

“So we could, if we wanted to, add two players onto our list or we could add one now and keep that other spot open for mid-year, or we could make the decision to add none.

“That’ll be a decision of our list management team.

“These two boys now get to be a part of our program and we get to watch them in an elite environment.”

Gibbons is a two-time JJ Liston Trophy winner in the VFL, while Cottrell was a State middle distance runner before joining the Stingrays.

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