Carlton cool over Cripps
Carlton head coach David Teague says Patrick Cripps is fully committed to the club and does not think speculation over his future will get to him in 2021.
The rumour mill is set to go into overdrive as Cripps will be one of the most in-demand and high-profile free agents in the AFL this season.
Carlton face a huge season as they look to break into the eight and play finals football for the first time in eight years, and they can do without any distractions.
However Teague says Cripps, and the rest of the players for that matter, remain focused and know what they have to do in the 2021 season.
Teague is also confident the Western Australian will put pen-to-paper at some point.
"It's an interesting one, I haven't spent too much time thinking about it," Teague told AFL.com.au. "I'm probably a bit lax in my thoughts, but I just feel it will probably get done at some stage.
"I think our group is quite good at focusing on what the job at hand is. I think we showed that last year by turning up every week, so I don't think it'll be a distraction.
"It'll probably be for Patrick, not so much the team. He's one of 22 that runs out there. The rest of the guys will be pretty good, they'll have their roles to play and they'll be looking to go out there and make the fans proud of their efforts and the way they compete.
"It'll probably be more for Patrick, but right now I feel very comfortable that he'll handle it."
Carlton are priced at 25/1 to win the AFL grand final.
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