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Blues adapt to post-Fevola forward line

By Roger Vaughan 08/02/2010 09:07:46 PM Comments (0)

Some clubs want to win the AFL's NAB Cup pre-season competition, others are not so focussed.

Carlton have their own unique task - using the competition to work on a completely-new attack.

The sudden departure of full-forward Brendan Fevola in the wake of last September's Brownlow Medal controversy meant the Blues have had to recast their forward lines.

Fevola had been the Blues' top goalkicker for the last seven seasons.

Asked who looms as Carlton's new "Fev", tall utility Jarrad Waite replied on Monday: "we don't have one.

"(That) is really exciting because for the last 10 years that Brendan's been there, we've had one forward.

"All clubs used to know to drop off `Fev', now we have a very potent forward line with (Brad) Fisher, we'll chuck (Matthew) Kreuzer down there, (Simon) Wiggins.

"We don't really want someone who's going to kick 80 goals, we want about four or five who are going to kick 30-35 ... and make it hard for oppositions to defend (against) us."

Waite wants to keep playing his normal role of switching between defence and attack, but knows he will probably spend more time up forward as the Blues build new avenues to goal.

He hopes to be ready for the start of the regular season after recovering from the knee injury that put him out of action last year from round nine.

"I've been given the all-clear to train (fully), hopefully I will full-train for two or three weeks and then sneak in towards the end of the NAB Challenge to have a few games.

"Then, hopefully, I should be right for round one or two."

Waite said the club's pre-season had not suffered in the wake of the notorious pre-Christmas booze cruise.

Eddie Betts, Andrew Walker and Ryan Houlihan all received club suspensions for their misbehaviour following the player function.

"Hopefully we know the rules now and if any of our boys play up, it's pretty-much you're out the door, basically," he said.

"It's a good thing to have and it's definitely not going to happen again."

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