A STIRRING second half of the season will have Carlton full of confidence with 2019 coming to a close.
Familiar faces fired in Navy Blue while the Club’s emerging youngsters owned the future in a campaign which saw the Blues record seven wins for the year.
With the home-and-away season now over, we’re going through every player who featured for Carlton at senior level in 2019.
Here’s the year that was for Carlton’s No. 24, Nic Newman.
KEY AFL STATISTICS (averages in brackets):
Disposals: 428 (21.4) Marks: 135 (6.8) Contested Possessions: 102 (5.1) Tackles: 66 (3.3) Rebound 50s: 131 (6.6) Metres Gained: 9321 (466.1)
Nic Newman proved to be one of the recruits of the season in his first year in the Navy Blue.
The former Swan - who joined the Blues in exchange for a future fourth-round draft pick in the 2018 trade period - was one of the side’s top contributors in 2019, settling into his new side with aplomb.
With his lethal left foot coming out of defence, Newman’s role as a rebound defender generated the side’s attacking ball movement from down back.
Averaging over 21 disposals a game, Newman also proved to be a threat by foot in attack. One of the league’s top-ranked players for metres gained, the 26-year-old was able to push forward and punish the opposition by getting on the scoreboard on numerous occasions.
In his first game back in Sydney against his old side in Round 17, Newman was out to prove a point and help the Blues get the important victory on the road.
And he didn’t disappoint, in what was a close and fierce contest between the two sides at the SCG. Newman was crucial in the sides thrilling victory, standing tall when it mattered most and collecting a season-high 32 disposals including 13 marks off half back.
Newman’s best performance of the season came in Round 20 when the Blues came up against the top of the table, West Coast Eagles.
In what was an impressive performance by the Blues against the reigning premiers Newman proved to be effective in front of goal, finishing the game with four goals off half back.
Newman was clearly the standout on the day for the Blues, finishing the game with 24 disposals and 11 marks. Newman’s performance resulted in him polling five votes by each of the coaches for the game.
THEY SAID IT
“I’ve loved my time here. It’s been all and more than I expected.
“It was an interesting period of my life, but I’m really glad that it’s done and I’m settled back here and loving my time.”
Nic Newman on his trade to Carlton