FOR Sam Docherty, it was a matter of when - not if - his contract extension with the Carlton Football Club would be formalised.

As it turns out, it was four days before the 2023 season even rolled around.

Prior to the commencement of the Blues’ open training session on Sunday, it was announced that Docherty had re-committed to his boyhood club for an extra two seasons.

It means that the former All Australian will remain in Navy Blue until at least the end of 2025.


Speaking to media after addressing the Carlton faithful at IKON Park, Docherty said it was simply a formality.

“There was never any doubt over whether I was staying or going,” Docherty said.

“It was just about process and ticking it all off . . . it’s good to knock it off and get rid of the distraction.

“This one gets me to 32, so I’m in the twilight unfortunately! I’m really excited to have this year plus two more with this group and see where we can go.”

The 2023 campaign marks Docherty’s 10th at Carlton, having spent his first two seasons in the elite competition at the Brisbane Lions under none other than Michael Voss.

Since his arrival at the Blues, Docherty has demonstrated his incredible resilience through hardships while also receiving acclaim through individual accolades — it’s no surprise that giving back to his club is what heads up Docherty’s bucket list, however.

“I’ve been through a fair few uncertain times in my career and my life. I’ve been very lucky with the footy club in terms of how much they’ve supported me and helped me through all those situations,” he said.

“Plus just having a daughter as well, I’ve got a few years to show her I can still play some footy!

“It’s one of those things where you love to have the certainty of your future locked in place . . . it makes you stress free for a period of time.”