WHILE the external chat last year was all around Carlton’s big-name players, the noise coming out of IKON Park was about valuing every single player.

The classic piece around the sum of the parts.

And in 2024, for Adam Cerra and the Blues, nothing changes.

Speaking to 3AW Wide World of Sports on Tuesday evening, Cerra said while it’s easy to look at the names like Cripps, Curnow, McKay, Walsh and Weitering, the team would continue to highlight every role that makes the Blues tick.

Stronger Together, if you will.

“We have a really strong list at the moment, but talent only gets you so far,” Cerra said.

“For us, it’s the little things — it’s from the top player to the bottom player executing their role for the team. No role is more important than the other. There are a lot of other roles that probably get a little less attention [externally] but are just as important, we know everything stacks up.

“We showed from the way we finished last year that while we did win a lot of games, there’s still a lot of room for improvement. For us, we know it’s going to be a whole squad collective if we’re going go further.”


When asked to shed some light on some of those roles that draw the acclaim of the wider playing group and football department, Cerra said it was an acknowledgment of the whole team.

Once again doubling down on pressure and contest - Michael Voss’ two favourite words - for season 2024, he looked at some crucial roles in the midfield and forward lines that make the team tick.

“Source pressure and contest is a massive thing for us, and a lot of the time that comes from our small forwards like Jesse Motlop, Corey Durdin and Matt Owies.

“Our wing players and high half-forwards - Matt Cottrell, Blake Acres - with their ability to set up the ground for us and give us some run in our game.

“They’re players that weren’t mentioned before, but they play just as big of a role for us and it’s something we really value inside the four walls.”