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Season review: Kade Simpson

Simmo's best in 2018 To celebrate his re-signing, enjoy the best of Kade Simpson's 16th season in navy blue.

The Blues’ young playing list was faced with a number of challenges in 2018, and as a result, finished the year with fewer wins than previous seasons.

However, the valuable experience gained by first and second-year players, coupled with the resilience built within the team, will no doubt hold the Club in good stead for years to come.

With the side now on a break, we’re analysing each player’s year in statistics. Here’s the review for Carlton’s No. 6, Kade Simpson. 


2018: 21

Career: 307 


2018: 4

Career: 135


BY THE NUMBERS (averages in brackets)

Disposals: 549 (26.1) Kicks: 369 (17.6) Rebound 50s: 109 (5.2) Contested possessions: 156 (7.4) Uncontested possessions: 334 (15.9) Metres gained: 9858 (469.4)


The ‘like a fine wine’ adage holds true for Carlton’s warrior — Kade Simpson keeps getting better with age.

In a difficult year in the wins and losses columns for the Blues, the indomitable Simpson willed himself each week in a consistent individual season.

Fronting up for his 16th campaign at Ikon Park, his tally of 26 disposals per game was the second-highest of his career. He also led the Blues for kicks, rebound 50s, running bounces and metres gained.

He started as he meant to go on, collecting 35 disposals in the season opener against Richmond. It was one of seven 30-plus disposal performances in 2018.

Simpson will continue on for at least another season, with another standout year earning him a contract extension for 2019.


It would’ve come as no surprise to Bluebaggers that Simpson rose to the occasion in Round 15.

The humble veteran experienced all the attention that comes with the most significant of milestones, becoming the fifth Carlton player to join the 300 Club.

How did Simpson react? His 37 disposals, 628 metres gained, eight rebound 50s and the maximum 10 votes from the coaches speaks for itself.


Landmark milestones aside, a trademark piece of play from the No.6 had Carlton fans and players alike in raptures against the Western Bulldogs.

Hitting the pack at full pace, Simpson’s collect, burst and finish on his customary left foot for a first quarter goal prompted great celebrations for the much-loved veteran