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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.
Blues secure JonesGM – 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.”
Carlton recruit Liam Jones takes extra step before new journeyDetermined 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."
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.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.
Carlton coach Mick Malthouse says a fit-again Matthew Kreuzer can take Blues to another levelMalthouse 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.”
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.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.
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 ThomasesNow 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.
Jones just doesn't move like a standard 198cm tall player, that he's listed as being.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.