- Jan 31, 2007
- AFL Club
The ability to influence games came long before the reputation. I had my eye on Carey since 92'. I was miffed when North made him captain as I was hoping Carlton would poach him. The Blues were blessed that he only got hold of SOS once, but I'd go and watch North just to see this guy play. His ability to consistently impact games was unlike any player I've seen. Parko reckons Matthews was just as good, but I only remember Matthews as an old codger.But I think Carey’s personality has a little bit to do with his standing. He was cocky, arrogant, charismatic, he loved being the centre of attention when the game was in its throes and I think that kind of enhances the whole image that he would pick his team up and carry them over the line thing.
I do agree he had a presence that would've enhanced his image, but that same presence also helped his teammates walk taller.