THE Carlton Football Club can confirm veteran midfielder Ed Curnow will embark on his 12th season in the Navy Blue, signing a new deal to continue his career at IKON Park.
Barely missing a beat over the past three seasons, Curnow reached the 200-game milestone in Round 19, and once again played every match in 2021 – one of only four Blues to do so.
Upholding his durability within the Carlton midfield, the 31-year-old finished his 11th season ranked first at the Club for goal assists and inside 50s and third for contested possessions, clearances and tackles behind Patrick Cripps and Sam Walsh.
Signing on until at least the end of 2022, the hard-running fan favourite said he had plenty left in the tank as he looked to continue his career now as the most senior player on the Blues’ list.
“I’m really grateful for the opportunity to play at Carlton for another season,” Curnow said.
“It’s been a difficult year for the Club and I’m looking forward to the 2022 season.”
Carlton Head of List Management Nick Austin said the Blues’ seasoned midfielder is an instrumental role model for the playing group.
“It goes without saying that Ed is an asset to our football club,” Austin said.
“Having been at IKON Park for more than a decade now and part of the leadership group for the past six seasons, Ed is a revered member of the team who sets the standards by finishing every training session and every match having given his absolute all.
“Ed strikes the perfect balance between hard work and making sure he and his teammates are enjoying themselves on and off the field.
“He will enter the 2022 season as our most senior player and will no doubt continue to impart his experience and wisdom onto our playing group.”