VETERAN Blue Eddie Betts is gearing up for what will be his first season in Navy Blue since departing the Club in 2013.
Betts’ return to Ikon Park comes ahead of Carlton posting record membership numbers, surpassing 64,270 members ahead of season 2020.
Speaking on SEN on Tuesday morning, Betts was quick to credit another Carlton recruit with the spike in membership.
“I think it’s Jack Martin, not me,” Betts said.
“It’s been pretty good, the fans are jumping on board and I think with the new coach Teaguey coming in as well, the younger players are training really hard and they want to push the Club forward.”
Jokes aside, Betts has been impressed Martin over the pre-season – the 25-year-old joining the Club in the off-season from Gold Coast especially with the new Blues' intensity at training.
“He’s coming in, he’s not holding back and he’s hitting the players hard,” he said.
“All the boys are excited about what he can produce, and he hasn’t played in front of a crowd over 40 or 50,000.”
“Our members have really picked the Club up, put us on their shoulders and moved us forward.”— Carlton FC (@CarltonFC) March 3, 2020
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One of the more experienced players on Carlton’s young list, Betts has assumed an unofficial mentoring role ahead of the 2020 season.
“I like to go out and when you get me on the footy field, I don’t shut up and I like to direct and help these younger players out,” he said.
“Credit to the young kids, they like to come and watch vision. Every week they come and say “Ed can you come and watch some vision with me? Can you just watch how I get to the ball? Where am I going to position myself?
“They all want to get better, they all want to learn, which is fantastic to see and it’s probably the most vision I’ve done in my whole career this pre-season.”