• Carlton once again faces the prospect of an AFL campaignwithout Sam Docherty, who ruptured his reconstructed ACL in early training forthe 2016 Toyota AFL Premiership competition.

    One expert observer, Nick Dal Santo, expressed the view that the Blues should make an effort of persuade former St. Kilda and Essendon standout Brendon Goddard to abandon retirement.

    Ten seasons with the Saints and six with Essendon should be enough for anyone. Goddard hung up his boots after the 2018 season with 334 games played at the senior level, including that remarkable 2010 season where the Saints and the Collingwood Magpies tied one Grand Final before the replay crowned Collingwood champion.

    New rules in place for 2019 give clubs up until March 15 to find someone to stand in through the pre-seasons supplemental selection period.

    Goddard did not want to stop at the end of 2018, but no one would have the veteran. Essendon showed him the door by not offering Goddard any sort of contract and it is not hard to see why.

    Goddard is 33 years of age, but it has to be recongnised that he is an old 33, given the amount of games he has played.

    His winning percentage when on ground was a respectable 55 percent and he was a key part of the 2009 Saints side that won 21 games, but could not erase the spectre of 1966, the last time the Saints won the flag. The remarkable run of 18 consecutive to start the season did not equate to finals success.

    Goddard is certainly a reliable presence, and the Blues could use a player who has averaged over 22 disposals for his entire career.

    He might have been with Carlton right from the outset, but they were docked draft picks in 2002 for violating the salary cap. Carlton made some good moves in September and October that mitigated the impact of Docherty being out again, including some young players that have a lot of footy in front of them.