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21/09/2010 03:27:25 PM Comments (0)

Chris Judd hopes his Brownlow Medal victory has helped restore respect to the image of Carlton, tarnished so badly by Brendan Fevola's drunken antics at last year's function.

Twelve months ago, Fevola committed a string of offensive blunders, swearing, kissing teammates and falling onto a barricade.

It prompted Carlton to finally cut their losses with the troublesome full-forward and trade him to Brisbane, where he has been involved in several more off-field controversies.

Fevola has been questioned by Queensland Police over an alleged incident at a family day earlier this month, although no decision has yet been made on whether to press charges.

Judd admitted that he hoped his Brownlow win would help restore some dignity to Carlton.

"Absolutely," he said.

"We've been embarrassed by some off-field incidents in the past and we don't think that's truly reflective of the group we now have.

"I think the whole group and the club as a whole feel that we want to be seen in that professional light because that's the sort of club we think we are."

Judd also reflected on Tuesday that some players and coaches took the game far too seriously.

That is why he mentioned on Monday night the "real" battles, like those facing cancer-stricken Melbourne president Jim Stynes.

"I think all footballers at some stage of their career have to find a meaning as to what football means to them," Judd said.

"It's sometimes possible to get carried away with the importance of it all.

"What footballers do isn't actually life and death.

"Sometimes people make the comparisons between war and football and they're so completely different.

"What football is to me is a chance for you to announce to the opposition and the public the type of person you and your teammates are and you get to do that each week when you take the field.

"That's all football is to me. If you're lucky in football you get a crossover into the real world with the relationships that you build."

Meanwhile, in an ominous sign for rivals, Carlton coach Brett Ratten thinks the 27-year-old Judd is capable of further development.

"Being the great player he is, he's such a great leader and there wasn't a lot to point out, but he still has growth in his game," Ratten said.

Ratten pointed to last year's Brownlow Medallist Gary Ablett, who spent more time forward this season to great effect.

Judd has kicked 179 goals in his 198 games and just 14 this season.

"We can see what he can do as a forward, he can hit the scoreboard and really hit the opposition," Ratten said.

"Our midfield is growing, with Chris going forward it might develop some others."

Judd described Ratten's comments as "a fair call".

"At the end of our year we spoke about hitting the scoreboard a bit more and going forward and I think we saw the impact Ablett had doing that this year.

"That's probably something we'll try and work on over summer."

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