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Boyhood Bluebagger Cottrell's crowning moment

First words as Blues: Cottrell, Gibbons Matthew Cottrell and Michael Gibbons spoke with Carlton Media minutes after finding out they will be offered contracts with the club.

THE best two months of boyhood Bluebagger Matthew Cottrell’s life had its crowning moment yesterday.

After being given the opportunity to train with the Blues back in December, the 18-year-old Cottrell was given a chance by Carlton yesterday alongside Michael Gibbons.

With outstanding endurance and Carlton in his blood, Cottrell was understandably overwhelmed by the occasion.

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“I’m over the moon right now. It’s a dream come true,” Cottrell said.

“This is bloody awesome — it’s the best two months of my life.

“I’ve been a Carlton fan my whole life.”

That support can be traced to his grandfather Len Cottrell, who featured for 12 games across 1958 and 1959.

And while the former Dandenong Stingray will have his sights set on following in his grandfather’s footsteps down the track, he’s currently just enjoying the moment for what it is.

“A million things are going through my head right now. This is crazy — I’m loving this,” he said.


Carlton recruiters took notice of Cottrell for his performances in the TAC Cup, with his natural running game on display.

However, that was taken to another level when he knocked off Ed Curnow in the Club’s time trial.

Cottrell said he couldn’t wait to get stuck into things, with the same determination he’s shown in the lead-up to yesterday’s memorable moment.

“The boys have been great, it’s like a brotherhood. I’m just looking forward to getting into it.”