Senior 14. Liam Jones - sidelined for the rest of 2019

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Jeremias

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Blues secure Jones

Carlton has secured exciting young forward Liam Jones after finalising a trade with the Western Bulldogs.

The Blues have traded their 3rd round draft pick (46) in exchange for Jones.
GM – Football Operations Andrew McKay says the deal was a great result to finish Carlton’s trade period.

“Today’s deal concludes what we believe has been a successful trade period for our Club.” McKay said.

“We stuck to our plan, injected some youth and retained both a 1st and 2nd round draft selection.

“Liam has been on our radar for a while, securing both him and Kristian, as key position players, has been a priority for us during this trade period.

“We are bring in another young man with AFL experience, and with some further development his best footy ahead of him.”
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Carlton recruit Liam Jones takes extra step before new journey

Determined to reinvigorate his AFL career with Carlton, and backed by a three-year contract, the former Western Bulldogs forward has turned to former Dogs teammate James Mulligan, now a fitness guru, to help build his base ahead of the official start of pre-season training.

Under Mulligan's guidance at the Fit Centre in Maribyrnong, Jones has been training six days a week for the past three weeks to ensure he is ready to make an impression on his new teammates. Jones has been running and lifting heavy weights every second day and boxing on alternate days.

"I need to obviously work on my aerobic base, just so I can run out games a bit better, and use my speed and strength as repeat efforts," he said.

"I began working on that three weeks ago. I started training earlier than I usually would. I am just looking forward to getting stuck into pre-season and building that aerobic base.

"I think it's been a thing that has improved over the six years I was at the Bulldogs and I am just looking forward to taking that to the next level.

"Once I get that up, everything else is pretty strong."
Carlton recruit Liam Jones takes extra step before new journey

Liam now has a second chance at an AFL career and it looks as though he's determined to make this one count.

He's always shown himself to have the talent but both fitness and work ethic let him down in his time at the Bulldogs.

A chance of club alone won't fix that but acknowledging your weaknesses and putting the processes in place to rectify those issues is a good place to start.

Plenty of hard work awaits him but from the sound of things he's well aware of that and ready to embrace the challenge. Good luck.
 

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Carlton recruit Liam Jones takes extra step before new journey



Carlton recruit Liam Jones takes extra step before new journey

Liam now has a second chance at an AFL career and it looks as though he's determined to make this one count.

He's always shown himself to have the talent but both fitness and work ethic let him down in his time at the Bulldogs.

A chance of club alone won't fix that but acknowledging your weaknesses and putting the processes in place to rectify those issues is a good place to start.

Plenty of hard work awaits him but from the sound of things he's well aware of that and ready to embrace the challenge. Good luck.
The constant that Dogs fan kept saying about Jones is his fitness. He has all the attribute, but fitness has always lacked. By the sound of that article, he is in a good headspace and is determine to improve his fitness.

So here's to the bargain trade of this years trade period
 

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Carlton coach Mick Malthouse says a fit-again Matthew Kreuzer can take Blues to another level

Malthouse said Jones could thrive as Carlton’s second or third string goalkicker alongside the ikes of Lachie Henderson and Levi Casboult.

“He has got, in our eyes, a great capacity to be a great key forward or key back for us. He’s got speed, takes a nice mark, he’s a deadly kick and he works hard in a small area.

“I’d like to see him work hard in a bigger area and we’ll talk about that.”
Carlton coach Mick Malthouse says a fit-again Matthew Kreuzer can take Blues to another level

Interesting to read that Jones may spend some time down back.

I have my doubts about Liam as a defender but if he's willing to learn and work hard, who knows? It's not out of the question that he proves to be valuable occasionally in the back half.

Expect to see him spend the majority of his time up forward but if he's able to add that extra string to his bow, it may come as a bonus when urgent change is needed.

Too often we've seen Henderson shifted back out of necessity, leaving our forward line bare. To have the extra flexibility could prove more than handy.
 

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Isn't that why he left the dogs? They tried to use him down back and he failed miserably. We have enough swing men, let Jones focus on being a 40 goal a year forward.
 

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Isn't that why he left the dogs? They tried to use him down back and he failed miserably. We have enough swing men, let Jones focus on being a 40 goal a year forward.
No, he left the Dogs because he was unable to establish himself under Macca as the No 1 forward. Spending the backhalf of last season in the twos wouldn't have helped either. He played as a defender in his junior days, apparently.
 

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Now this guy has really surprised me.
I didn't know him to be so mobile and to have very good running patterns.

I think I may not be the only person surprised as Jones has manouvered around much shorter opponents with ease.
Kicking at goal has also been quality and at this point in time............we seem to have a beauty on our hands.
 

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Now this guy has really surprised me.
I didn't know him to be so mobile and to have very good running patterns.

I think I may not be the only person surprised as Jones has manouvered around much shorter opponents with ease.
Kicking at goal has also been quality and at this point in time............we seem to have a beauty on our hands.
I'm glad to hear that he's transitioned well. Watching him play over the past few years I've seen more than a few fleeting glimpses of talent. If he can perform regularly - in what should be a better functioning forwardline - then he should win over a lot of doubting Thomases
 

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I am so confident that playing 2nd or 3rd in line behind Lachie & Levi will be a massive benefit for Liam. Can't underestimate how much it will help him.
Jones just doesn't move like a standard 198cm tall player, that he's listed as being.

Could well make for quite a difficult third tall opponent to match up on in our forward line.
Malthouse will invariably put time into him, so we can only look forward to the net results.
 

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http://www.carltonfc.com.au/news/2014-12-19/mick-hits-back-at-critics

The Carlton coach said Jones had struggled with the weight of playing as the Bulldogs' principal forward for much of his 66-game career at the Whitten Oval.
But he said Jones had special traits that could see him thrive with the support of fellow Blues tall forwards such as Lachie Henderson and Levi Casboult.

"Every now and again you come across things and you think I know this player. I've watched him now at training and I've seen one of the most explosive animals that I've ever seen and I mean that – he is totally explosive," Malthouse said.

"It would be fair to say Liam also has, I think, a very odd approach to the ball in the air, which to simplify it is more a 'long jump'.

"We will practise and practise the 'high jump', where he is able to hit the ball better, from a better distance and at a better height, and actually lands where the ball is going to fall.

"I've got the utmost faith that Liam will make a massive impact for us."



Big endorsement from Mick but have to say that in the few sessions I've seen this year to date, Jones has been very impressive.
Stands out like someone you would have expected to pay a top ten pick for and not a #46. Long way to go of course but so far, so good.
 

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