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Season review: Sam Kerridge

Danielle Balales, Carlton Media  September 21, 2016 1:54 PM

Sam Kerridge had an immediate impact at Carlton after arriving from Adelaide. (Photo: AFL Media)

Sam Kerridge had an immediate impact at Carlton after arriving from Adelaide. (Photo: AFL Media)

The Carlton Football Club began the first leg of its journey under senior coach Brendon Bolton in 2016. 

After notching up seven wins for the season – three more than last year – the Blues ended up finishing 14th on the ladder.

With the team now on a break, we’re taking a look back at each player’s year in statistics. Here’s the review for Carlton’s No. 11, Sam Kerridge:

GAMES

Season 2016: 21

Career: 48 

GOALS

Season 2016: 6

Career: 29 

KEY AFL STATISTICS (averages in brackets)

Disposals: 448 (21.33)

Kicks: 210 (10.00)

Marks 99 (4.71)

Contested possessions: 147 (7.00)

Uncontested possessions: 301 (14.33)

Tackles: 70 (3.33) 

OVERVIEW

Sam Kerridge pulled on the navy blue jumper 21 times this season after being traded to Carlton from Adelaide at the end of 2015. 

The former Crow made an immediate impact at Ikon Park, impressing both the coaches and his new teammates with his elite work rate and professionalism. 

After making his Carlton debut in Round 1 against Richmond, Kerridge continue to rack up disposals. In the Blues’ Round 11 win against Brisbane, the hard nut had 30 possessions, seven inside 50s, eight contested possessions and booted a goal. 

Not surprisingly the 23-year-old finished the year ranked sixth for disposals at the Club, averaging 21 for the year. His consistent performances earned him 10th place on best-and-fairest night 

Currently sitting on 48 games, the midfielder will no doubt notch up his 50th AFL game early next year.

HE SAID IT

“Everyone wants to play at the highest level and I'm no different. It's really made me hungry to make a big impact this year.” 

- It was clear when Kerridge spoke to the media earlier this year he was eager to play a full season of senior footy. 

THEY SAID IT

“He worked really hard across pre-season. He wants to be able to play consistent AFL footy and he’s building on that.He set a real tone of professionalism around our club, that’s what I’ve liked about Sammy.” 

– Carlton coach Brendon Bolton praises Kerridge's work rate over the summer.

SEASON HIGHLIGHT

In the Round 11 clash with Brisbane, Kerridge gathered a career-high 30 disposals and took 16 marks – another personal best for the midfielder.