Trading Ikon Park for 10 different hotel hubs across Queensland, Western Australia and the Northern Territory, it’s been a year we won’t soon forget.
With the final siren having rung on the final game, it’s time to look at those who featured in five or more games for Carlton or made their AFL debuts in 2020.
Here’s the year that was for Carlton’s No.36, Josh Honey.
KEY AFL STATISTICS (averages in brackets):
Disposals: 4 (4) Marks: 2 (2) Marks inside 50: 1 (1) Pressure acts: 9 (9) Score involvements: 1 (1)
Arriving at Ikon Park as pick No.3 in the 2019 NAB AFL Rookie Draft, Josh Honey worked his way to a Navy Blue debut in 2020.
Showing Bluebaggers a glimpse of the athleticism he can produce, Honey got his chance to pull on the guernsey in Round 12 against Fremantle.
With his first game as a Blue coinciding with one of Carlton’s most exhilarating wins of the season, Honey won’t soon forget his first AFL outing.
It was just reward for Honey, who had been one of Carlton’s most exciting players throughout the reserves scratch matches in Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia.
There’s nothing like making your AFL debut, let alone in an after-the-siren win.
However, that was exactly the case for Honey, who enjoyed his first game and first victory in Çarlton’s after-the-siren triumph against Fremantle.
While a first goal eluded Honey in his debut performance, the youngster showed some promise and raw pace in torrential conditions when he pulled the AFL guernsey on for the first time.
THEY SAID IT
Development coach Daniel O’Keefe was one of Honey’s greatest supporters through his opening season, praising the youngster following a reserves hitout with Gold Coast.
“Josh Honey’s game was one where we certainly saw what his strengths are, in terms of his speed, his ability to break and his intent to get at the opposition,” O’Keefe said.
“For him, it’s about finishing that off and the detail behind that. He’s a big, strong, powerful lad and we want him to smash bodies and tackle really hard.
“That’s something we’re working on with him, as well as a couple of leading patterns: he’s really dangerous with ball-in-hand and when he gets out into open space.”