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Season review: Rhys Palmer

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The Carlton Football Club embarked on the second stage of its journey under senior coach Brendon Bolton in 2017. 

After registering six wins, the Blues finished the season in 16th place on the ladder.

Despite falling four points short of the 2016 season, Carlton won more quarters in 2017, demonstrating the growth of the playing group in its second year with Bolton at the helm.

With the team now on a break, we’re analysing each player’s year in statistics. Here’s the review for Carlton’s No. 24, Rhys Palmer. 


Season 2017: 1

Career: 123


Season 2017: 0

Career: 95

AFL STATISTICS (from one game)

Disposals: 12, Kicks: 6, Handballs: 6, Contested possessions: 5, Tackles: 2


After making his way to Carlton during the 2016 AFL trade period, Palmer debuted for the Blues against Essendon in Round 3.

While that match was his only senior appearance in the navy blue, the former Docker and Giant ran out for the Northern Blues on 15 occasions, averaging 21.93 disposals per game. 

Working hard in and around the stoppages, the experienced midfielder finished the season ranked first at Northern for average clearances, recording 86 in total.

His best performance came in the side’s 37-point loss to Casey in Round 17, where he booted two goals, laid five tackles and racked up 30 disposals (11 contested possessions), seven clearances and six inside 50s.

Palmer will strive for greater consistency when he returns to the field for his 11th season in 2018.