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Honour the past: No.18

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Last month, Carlton’s 11 newest players were awarded their guernseys as they prepare for life as Blues.

Moving on to the No.18 guernsey, we look at the players who have made the guernsey what it is, and what's to come for the incumbent. 

Honour the past

By the numbers
Number of representatives: 38
Average games played: 25.6
Games record holder: Arthur Sanger — 116 games
Best and fairest wins: Nil
Premiership players: Two
100-game players: Three

Famous faces
The newest owner of the No.18 guernsey won’t be the first Walsh to wear the jumper, with Sam to follow in the footsteps of Brian.

After initially started out in the No.16, Brian moved to the No.18 where he contributed 108 goals across 62 games in the jumper. His best year came in 1973, where he led the Club’s goal-kicking in a year where the Blues made the Grand Final.

 

Arguably the most notable player to wear the No.18 in Carlton’s history is games record holder Arthur Sanger.

Sanger played 116 games in the jumper between 1939 and 1947, including the famous 1945 ‘Bloodbath’ Grand Final win. He would also go on to coach Carlton’s under-19 team after retiring, leading them to a premiership.

Own the future

New custodian

Arriving at Carlton with the No.1 pick in the 2018 NAB AFL Draft, the No.18 guernsey correlates well with Sam Walsh.

 

The midfield jet produced a dazzling under-18 season which saw him take home a multitude of awards, before he eventually made his way to the Blues as one of the best young prospects in the country.

With leadership, talent and work ethic in equal measure, Walsh will provide a further injection of young midfield talent for the Blues in what fans will be hoping is a long and fruitful career.

The 18-year-old will have his eye on owning the future in the No.18.