The Carlton Football Club is pleased to announce the re-signing of a further four players who will play on in the Navy Blue.
Rookie-listed Blues Matthew Owies, Luke Parks, Oscar McDonald and Jordan Boyd have each signed new one-year contracts to keep them at IKON Park until at least the end of the 2022 season.
Committing to the Blues for a fourth season, Owies will remain at the Club as a Category B rookie.
He arrived at IKON Park at the end of 2018 and went on to make his Carlton debut in 2020.
Entering his third season having played just one senior game, the 24-year-old worked to cement his spot among the Blues’ forward line in 2021, managing 13 appearances and booting 14 goals.
Finding his feet at the opposite end of the field, Parks will look to build on the foundations he set this year after managing six senior appearances in his maiden AFL season.
Landing at IKON Park via the SANFL, the Sydney-born defender became a Blue during the 2021 NAB AFL Rookie Draft and went on to make his debut in Carlton’s Round 3 win over Fremantle.
Signing on for 2022, McDonald’s AFL career will extend into an eighth season.
Impressing as a train-on player for the Club in December 2020, after 81 games across five seasons for Melbourne, McDonald officially become a ’Bagger during the 2021 pre-season supplemental selection period.
Following two promising pre-season hitouts, the defender-turned-forward made his Carlton debut in Round 1, gathering nine disposals and kicking two goals as the medical substitute
The 25-year-old’s versatility to play at either end of the ground will be a real asset for the Blues ahead of next season.
Boyd will now prepare to embark on his first full season as a Blue after arriving at Carlton midway through 2021.
While the mid-season recruit did not miss a beat in the early stages of the 2021 VFL season, his time on the park for the Carlton Reserves was limited to just two appearances, with a knee injury forcing him to the sidelines after his second game and the season brought to an early end after Round 13.
With clever ball use a trademark of his game, Boyd will look to push for a maiden Navy Blue appearance in 2022.
Carlton Head of List Management Nick Austin said the Club was pleased to re-sign all four players, lauding their determination and desire to make an impact in the Navy Blue.
“A quality you want in every player is a desire to compete and all four players have that in spades – they’ve put a lot of hard work into their careers to date and no doubt they’ll be looking to turn that hard work into senior football next season,” Austin said.
“Matt has been tireless in working on his development to ensure he earned his place among our 22 throughout the year.
“We were pleased with how he fitted into our forward line, creating 32 shots on goal in just 13 games – that gives him a great platform to launch into next season.
“Oscar’s flexibility to play across multiple positions makes him an exciting prospect for us, so we’re looking forward to seeing him back to full fitness and pushing for senior opportunities next season.
“Luke enjoyed exciting patches of footy this year, both at VFL and AFL level. He has come a long way in his development since arriving at the Club and the exciting thing is that he still has a lot of growth in his game and is extremely committed to reaching his full potential.
“We welcomed Jordan to the Blues midway through the year on the back of his impressive VFL form. He has settled in seamlessly since and has continued to demonstrate his sheer determination to succeed within an elite environment.
“With his talent and versatility, we really believe he is capable of making an impact at senior level and it’s going to be exciting to see him push for that chance to pull on the Navy Blue guernsey in 2022.
“Given the effort and intensity that all four players bring to the training track, we know that their development will only continue to progress and we’re pleased to see each of them get that opportunity now that they have committed for another year.”
The quartet now join seven other Blues who have recommitted to the Club since season’s end.
The Club has also made a commitment to re-contract Lochie O’Brien and Matthew Cottrell via the upcoming NAB AFL Rookie Draft.