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Blues name squad for NAB Challenge opener

Barker talks through fresh faces Assistant Coach John Barker talked CFC TV through the new additions to the Carlton squad that will take the ground in Mandurah this afternoon for the Blues' first NAB Challenge game against West Coast.

Carlton’s new young guns will have their first chance to shine when the Blues take on West Coast in Mandurah on Friday.

New recruits Blaine Boekhorst, Matt Dick, Tom Fields, Billy Gowers, Kristian Jaksch, Liam Jones, Clem Smith, Jason Tutt, Dillon Viojo-Rainbow and Brad Walsh have all been named in Carlton’s 29-man squad.

Carlton vice-captain Michael Jamison has told Crocmedia’s Sportsday program the new Blues have been impressing on the track.

"Everyone we’ve brought in has been really encouraging,” Jamison said.

"I think a lot has been made of Liam Jones’ pre-season – he’s just an animal on the track and another forward option that we’ve cried out for.

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“His mate Jason Tutt offers us something different and then Kristian Jaksch from GWS has shown some good form after we thought we would lose him for a long period with a foot (injury)."
 
Jamison also had high praise for West Australian draftees Blaine Boekhorst and Clem Smith.

"Smith’s got a real appetite to defend and hit bodies,” Jamison said.

“It’s really great to see and really what we’re looking for because we know the game’s going that way. The longer you can lock the ball in your forward 50 the better and he’s been great at that this pre-season.
 
“Boeky (Boekhorst) needs to put a bit more size on, but he’s really silky and if he gets the ball in his hands he’s more than capable of breaking lines and being really penetrating.”

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The Blues will travel to Perth without captain Marc Murphy who suffered a calf strain in last week’s intra-club match. Murphy is expected to return for the final two NAB Challenge games.

Andrew Walker and Matthew Kreuzer will also miss the game against the Eagles with injury, while other senior players including Jamison, Bryce Gibbs, Lachie Henderson, Chris Judd and Dale Thomas are being rested to manage their training loads.

The match kicks off at 4.10pm WST on Friday in Mandurah.

Carlton's 29-man squad:

Number Player
2 Troy Menzel
6 Kade Simpson
7 Dylan Buckley
9 Patrick Cripps
10 Matthew Watson
12 Blaine Boekhorst
13 Chris Yarran
14 Liam Jones
15 Sam Docherty
16 Dillon Viojo-Rainbow
17 Sam Rowe
18 Kristian Jaksch
21 Ciaran Sheehan
22 Jason Tutt
25 Clem Smith
27 Dennis Armfield
28 Tom Bell
29 Billy Gowers
30 Blaine Johnson
31 Matthew Dick
32 Nicholas Graham
34 Bradley Walsh
35 Ed Curnow
36 Cameron Wood
37 Tom Fields
38 Ciaran Byrne
41 Levi Casboult
42 Zach Tuohy
43 Simon White