CARLTON is thrilled to announce the inspirational Sam Docherty has signed a new two-year contract extension with the Club.
A modern comeback story for the ages, Docherty’s return to football was one of the highlights of 2022 for football fans everywhere.
Having undergone two rounds of chemotherapy across both 2020 and 2021, he burst back onto the scene last year, creating one of the most emotional moments of the season when he kicked a goal against Richmond in the opening round win.
That lasting moment proved to be just a prelude of what was to come, as the All-Australian defender did not just return to the field but returned to his breathtaking best.
Docherty showcased his prolific ball-winning ability, averaging 27 disposals, and recorded at least 25 touches in all but three games for the year.
He was one of only three Blues to feature in every outing during the 2022 campaign.
Docherty’s natural versatility emphasised his role as a vital member of the Blues’ line-up, not only dominating in the backline but also moving into the midfield when required later in the year.
His outstanding season culminated in a second-place finish in the 2022 John Nicholls Medal count, behind great mate Patrick Cripps.
The 29-year-old said there was no doubt when recommitting to the Club for another two years.
“I am so excited to continue my football career at the Blues,” Docherty said.
“The support Carlton have given me over the years has been exceptional, and I am eager to see where the next few years take us. This group is incredibly connected, and I have enormous belief in the group to go to the next level.
“This season is even more special for me as a first-time dad, it’s going to be amazing to have Ruby and my wife Nat in the stands supporting me.”
Carlton Head of List Management Nick Austin said the Club is delighted to have Docherty continue his football career at the Blues.
“Sam is widely regarded as an integral part of the playing group, which we saw last year: he’s a true Carlton person and we’re thrilled to have him re-sign,” Austin said.
“Sam is one of the smartest footballers in the competition, and we are fortunate to have his experience and leadership covering all areas of the ground.
“He is also one of the most loved and respected players at the Club, and the awareness and funds he has raised for Peter Mac over the last few years have been inspirational. We are very lucky to have a person like Sam at our club.”