Rookie 39. Alex Cincotta

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Beyond Blue

Club Legend
Jun 25, 2021
AFL Club
Fantastic debut solidifying my previously held view that he’ll be best 22 by the end of the year. We need to start looking closer at the lower leagues to pick up players to add to our list.

Unlike the highly touted private school boys our recruiters obsess over these journeymen have had to fight for their dream and it shows with their desire to improve.

It hasn’t been a strong suit of ours but hopefully the SSP and MSD is forcing our recruiters to open their minds and work a bit harder to find a hidden gem in the lower leagues.


Definitely Sam MacLure.
Oct 1, 2010
Not the media
AFL Club
Other Teams
Ophidians Old Boys, Blazers, MCFC
Can absolutely see this bloke smashing into our best 22 when everyone is fit.

I said it in the game thread but a good old fashioned footballer. He's a footballer's footballer. Has the work rate and skills on both sides of the play. He wouldn't have looked out of place in some of our better teams over the years. Maybe not as good (those backlines set an exceedingly high standard) but that's his type.

People talking about him freeing Doc to the midfield l, I agree with but there's a potentially even bigger move to be trialled. We are in desperate need of a dynamic half forward with strong defensive pressure. With Doc and Boyd (and Cinc and Newman) healthy you might be able to see if Saad can be a game breaker along half forward without robbing Peter to pay Paul. It's a role I've wanted to see tried in the past and I think we can do it. He has the skills that most closely match what we're lacking.

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Robbo's my hero

Brownlow Medallist
Jun 6, 2007
AFL Club
Other Teams
Sunderland,Pelicans, LA Kings
Another solid performance from Alex. It struck me when I was watching the game against WC that he looks like Maynard in the way he attacks the ball and kicks. The lace out pass to Charlie in the second quarter was top shelf. Having him in the team puts pressure on all the medium sized defenders to perform. Competition for spots. I love it.


Sep 26, 2004
AFL Club

This re-signing marks another chapter in Cincotta’s amazing personal story.  

After overcoming an ACL injury in the VFL with Geelong, and learning how to walk again, Cincotta found a list spot on Carlton’s VFL team in 2021.  

Finishing on the podium in the Carlton Reserves best and fairest count last year, Cincotta impressed over the summer, signing with the Blues on the final day of the Pre-Season Supplemental Selection Period (SSP).   

Cincotta made a well-earned call up in Round 6, debuting for the Blues against St Kilda, with 24 disposals, 18 handballs and 7 marks.  

Since his debut, the hard running defender has fit well into the defensive line-up, showcasing a strong work ethic, toughness and resilience.  

In Round 13, Cincotta kicked his first goal for Carlton, grabbing the guernsey of his boyhood club in the middle of the MCG. 

“Alex has come into the AFL system the hard way, but we couldn’t be more excited to have him extend his time here at the Carlton Football Club.  

“His enthusiasm around the Club is infectious and his diligence and commitment to his craft is admirable. It is fantastic to see his dedication rewarded with another contract – he has certainly earned it. 

“Alex has overcome so much in the journey to his AFL career, and we applaud his mental toughness which got him to where he is today.

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