AFTER the best month of his footballing life, Will Setterfield can’t wait to play in front of another capacity crowd this weekend.
One of the heroes last weekend, Setterfield starred in the 27-point victory over Adelaide — a win which he said was Carlton’s “best of the year”.
The youngster was rewarded with four coaches’ votes for his 24-disposal, one-goal performance, enjoying a breakout game in Navy Blue.
Speaking to The Two Tones podcast, Setterfield said the winning feeling had created a “good buzz” at Ikon Park.
“When we’re winning, it’s always good - there’s a good vibe going around,” Setterfield said.
“Our support has been huge at the moment, especially when we get wins like that on the weekend.
“It’s one of the reasons I came to Carlton: a big club and a massive supporter base. We’re loving what the fans are doing at the moment.”
The feeling is mutual between the fans and Setterfield, whose last four weeks have shown just why the Blues rated the midfielder so highly.
Playing a multitude of roles since the narrow loss to Melbourne, Setterfield capped it off with a career-best performance on the weekend as well as the match-sealing goal.
“It has been the best footy I’ve been playing,” he said.
“I’ve got a role on the wing which I’m taking on with Lochie O’Brien. I’m focussing on playing my role, doing what I need to do for the team and getting. Bit of reward on the back of that.
“After that goal — I was walking back to the centre bounce and you kind of have to pinch yourself. It’s a pretty amazing feeling when the crowd goes crazy.”
Setterfield - who cited Patrick Cripps and Brent Stanton as major influences - has built by the week since arriving at Ikon Park in the off-season, having made his way from Greater Western Sydney.
The Blues exchanged a future second-round pick in exchange for Setterfield in last year’s trade period.
Looking to repay the faith at his new club, Setterfield feels as though his 2019 campaign - in some way - is like he’s starting out all over again.
“I did my knee last year so I didn’t play any footy, and I only played two games in my first year up at GWS because of an ankle injury,” he said.
“In a way, it has felt like my first year of footy — especially being at a new club.
“I’m very happy with being able to string 15 or 16 games together this year. I didn’t play much footy at all for two-and-a-half years, so I’m pretty fortunate at the moment.”