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Brendon Goddard builds Carlton's 2021 best 22


Former St Kilda star Brendon Goddard has gone through what Carlton’s best 22 could look like next year, if they’re able to land Adam Saad, Zac Williams and a small forward in this trade period.

Speaking on AFL Trade Radio, Goddard went line by line through the Blues’ best side, with a few surprise omissions.

See his thoughts below:


“Caleb Marchbank or Lachie Plowman, there’s a question mark on Marchbank, Mitch McGovern at full-back, Sam Petrevski-Seton, Adam Saad, Jacob Weitering and Sam Docherty,” Goddard said.

“I like the look of that and the balance that has to offer. Petrevski-Seton in his development, he’s got to narrow that gap and the big swings in his performance from game to game, even from quarter to quarter.

“We’ve seen the best of him, his ability to use the ball is elite, arguably on both sides.

“Then you bring in Saad to that and it’s looking really good.”


“Will Setterfield was really good this year, Jack Newnes and Marc Murphy on the wing. I like Murphy with a bit of experience in an outside role.

“Tom De Koning, Patrick Cripps, Sam Walsh and then you throw Zac Williams in there as that balance.

“I think that’s a pretty good balance. They’re obviously looking for one more really good inside midfielder to compliment Cripps because Walsh is a bit outside too and he’s got to use his strength which is that running ability.”

Forward line

“David Cuningham, Charlie Curnow who’s going to be a new recruit, the sky is the limit there so hopefully he can find some continuity and string together a really solid pre-season and that’ll lead to better performances for him.

“Then Jack Martin, Harry McKay, Zac Fisher and maybe they target (Jack) Lonie (from St Kilda).”


“Levi Casboult, Ed Curnow, Paddy Dow and Michael Gibbons.”

“De Koning as the sole ruckman, Marc Pittonet not in the team.

“I just had McGovern ahead of Liam Jones to be honest. I’d have Weitering play on the big monsters and McGovern to play on the second stringer on the higher half forward with his ability to read the footy, I think he surpasses Jones to be honest.”

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