THE Carlton Football Club is excited to announce Jaxon Binns and Harry Lemmey will extend their time at the Blues, after signing two-year and one-year extensions respectively.
Today’s announcement sees the pair join fellow 2022 draftees in Ollie Hollands and Lachie Cowan in all signing contract extensions to remain at IKON Park for the coming years.
Recruited from the Dandenong Stingrays at pick No.32, Binns has showcased impressive running capacity, evident after finishing second in the agility test and third in the two-kilometre time trial at last year’s draft and taking that terrific aerobic ability into his first AFL pre-season.
Wearing the number 32 made famous by Hall of Famers Bryan Quirk and David Glascott, the 18-year-old has had a fantastic first year, averaging 28.6 disposals over 13 VFL games.
Already making a name for himself as a hard-running winger, Binns not only racks up possessions but covers the ground extremely well whilst also hitting the scoreboard, with seven goals for the season so far.
Key forward Lemmey was drafted to Carlton from West Adelaide with pick No.47. With proven athleticism and clean hands, Lemmey has been eager to learn and improve during his time at the Club.
Standing at 200 centimetres, Lemmey has displayed he has the skill set to make it at AFL level, with his best game this season coming in Round 16 against Coburg with 19 disposals, seven marks, eight hitouts and a goal.
The 19-year-old has also stepped up into the ruck over the last month and shown great promise, averaging 9.2 hitouts in the past five games.
Carlton Head of List Management Nick Austin said Binns and Lemmey have impressed with their dedication to their craft.
“We are pleased to see Jaxon and Harry continue as Carlton players for the coming years. The re-signing is a testament to the drive and hard-work they put in at training, which has been reflected in their great seasons in the VFL so far,” Austin said.
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“We are glad we have been able to establish a development program here for our younger players that allows them to see their long-term futures at the football club.
“Jaxon is a running machine who has had an immediate impact in the run and carry of the VFL side. Being named as emergency for a few games, he will continue to push for selection in the back half of the season and we look forward to further supporting and mentoring him both on and off the field.
“Harry has shown real promise since his start at Carlton. Having Harry McKay and Charlie Curnow to learn and grow his craft from has been huge for his development and we look forward to seeing him develop further over the next two years.”