Carlton co-captain Sam Docherty has added another exciting chapter to an inspiring season, signing a new two-year contract extension with the Club.
Docherty has extended his commitment to the Blues until at least the end of 2023, despite still having a year to run on his current contract.
The boyhood Bluebagger is one of football’s truly inspirational stories this year.
After more than two years out of the game, Docherty has seamlessly returned to the Blues’ backline, averaging nearly 20 disposals and more than five marks as he missed just one game in his return from back-to-back knee surgeries.
However, it is his supreme leadership and poise with ball in hand which has been the most pleasing sight, as the Carlton faithful has relished seeing the No.15 leading the side out once again.
The 26-year-old said he was determined to continue to help drive the playing group forward.
“I’ve been at the football club for seven seasons now, I think I speak for every player in our group when I say that it is time to translate our hard work into success,” Docherty said.
“I have enormous belief in the way we are going about it, our hunger, our competitive edge, the standards we have set – that has all gone to a new level and we are seeing the results of that.
“There are no guarantees for the next few years except for the fact we will be doing everything we possibly can to achieve success for our members and supporters.”
Carlton Head of List Management Nick Austin said the Club was delighted to have its skipper locked in long-term.
“Doc is a terrific footballer but he clearly brings so much more than that to our club,” Austin said.
“He has experienced a lot during his first eight years at the elite level, however, his focus and determination to better himself and his teammates each and every day has never wavered.
“On top of that, he has led our football club exceptionally well over the last two years. He is the type of player and person you want driving the high standards that have been set, which is why we couldn’t be happier to have Doc commit for at least the next three years.”