Kreuzer to stay on with Blues

03 December 2020 21:16:57 GMTPlus11

Matthew Kreuzer will continue his long association with Carlton after being appointed the club's new ruck coach.

The 31-year-old was selected as the No.1 draft pick in 2007 and went on to make 189 appearances for the club over the next 13 years.

However injuries have been an issue for the player throughout his career and he finally decided to retire after picking up a foot injury at the start of 2020.

Despite the huge setback, it is not all doom and gloom and Kreuzer will now get the chance to work with Marc Pittonet and Tom De Koning in his new coaching role.

"I loved my 13 years playing in the navy blue guernsey and to now have the chance to help the next generation come through is a great opportunity," Kreuzer said.

"I want this club to have the ultimate success and to still be able to play a role in helping us achieve that is an opportunity I am looking forward to and can't wait to get to work when pre-season begins."

Carlton football boss Brad Lloyd has also saluted the move and believes Kreuzer will be a huge asset to the club moving forward.

"There are few people over the last decade who embody what it means to be a Carlton player and person more than Matthew," Lloyd said.

"To have someone of his experience and knowledge, not just of the game but of our club, mentoring the next generation of Carlton ruckmen coming through, it is a perfect fit.

"A real focus for us is developing the players already on our list to ensure they get the most out of their ability, and with the development program we now have in place we feel we are well placed as a football club to achieve that."

Carlton are priced at 30/1 to win the AFL grand final.

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