HE MAY not be in Carlton’s official leadership group, but there’s no doubt that Kade Simpson will still be leading from the front in 2020.
Simpson stood down from the leadership group which was announced yesterday, with Liam Jones, Sam Walsh and Jacob Weitering the three additions.
Destined to enter the top three for all-time games played in the Navy Blue this year, Simpson has forged a reputation as Carlton’s ‘heart and soul’.
Speaking to Carlton Media, co-captain Patrick Cripps said that the more things change, the more things stay the same,
“He has played 300-odd games. Everyone knows how ‘Simmo’ leads: he’s that brave on the field,” Cripps said.
“What people don’t know is that internally he’s a good fella, but he also has really strong opinions and help guide the young guys.”
Late last year, Simpson outlined his role in helping the AFL side’s newest players adjust to life at Ikon Park.
Cripps said it was a key focus area for Carlton’s warrior, who was stepping up his investment in the welfare space.
“Especially transitioning out of football, he wants to really focus on helping the younger guys and the first-year players coming in,” he said.
“It takes a bit of pressure off of him in terms of the leadership meetings and things like that.”