Cripps eyeing up dual role

22 December 2017 17:44:02 GMTPlus11

He has been a midfield bull for Carlton, but Patrick Cripps aims to make more of an impact as a forward next year.

The 22-year-old has designs on joining the likes of Patrick Dangerfield and Dustin Martin as a player who can excel in two roles.

Cripps has established himself as a star onballer, breaking Western Bulldog Tom Liberatore's record for the most clearances and contested possessions through 50 games.

In terms of his ambition of becoming a dual threat he still has some way to go to match Dangerfield and Martin, who kicked 45 and 37 goals respectively last season.

The Carlton man has kicked multiple goals only four times in his 59 matches and has never managed more than two in a game, with a career tally of 23.32 and 14 complete misses.

That scoring accuracy ranks last at Carlton among the top 25 goalkickers between 2014 and 2017.

Cripps, whose season was cut short by a broken leg in round 16, says he's been working a lot on his forward craft.

"I want to get forward (next) year, and as a side we can become a lot more flexible with the make-up of the team," he added.

"We have a lot of young talent we have to get into the midfield, so I've been working hard on my forward craft."

Cripps hasn't spent more than 13 per cent of game time as a forward across a season since becoming a Blues regular in the past three years.

Carlton are 5000/1 to win the 2018 Grand Final, while the Blues are 5000/1 to finish in the top eight.

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