Northampton’s Josh Cripps joins big brother Patrick at Carlton as train-on with last list spot at stake
Patrick Cripps’ brother Josh has been invited to spend the summer trialling at Carlton for the last list spot after missing out on being drafted last week.
The Herald Sun reports Cripps was quickly invited to trial with the Blues for the vacant list spot created when star full back Liam Jones refused to get vaccinated.
The overture is no token invitation because of his links to his Carlton co-captain brother, with the Blues beating two other Melbourne clubs who were also keen to see him over the summer.
The Northampton product was overlooked in the national and rookie drafts after having 12 months wiped out by an ACL tear, but at 199cm, he can play ruck and forward. He said recently he was shattered to have the injury rob him of the chance to put his case forward.
“That was the most heartbreaking thing about doing my knee. You put so much work into it and then to go down after doing so much work, I couldn’t really show it,” he said. “I still remember being on the stretcher and thinking ‘12 months’ and ‘the draft’. They were the first two thoughts that went through my head.
“It was shattering, and I knew straight away as soon as I did it.”
He was able to return for the second half of the season and play 12 games in the WAFL colts after putting on 8kg of muscle. The invitation is no guarantee of a senior spot but the Blues have told him they want him to spend the entire preseason with the club.
The Blues have been able to upgrade players like Michael Gibbons after summer training using the summer supplementary list.
Carlton have enough key backs after recruiting Lewis Young from the Bulldogs, but are on the lookout for a ruck and key position forward cover.
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