Carlton’s 2007 No.1 draft pick Matthew Kreuzer will return to the club in an off-field coaching role.
The 31-year-old pulled a pin on his playing career during 2020 after a season-ending injury in the opening round of the year.
Kreuzer will be Carlton’s ruck coach for season 2021, working closely with talls Marc Pittonet and Tom De Koning.
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Pittonet shined for the Blues in the No.1 ruck role, with the young De Koning impressing when given opportunity.
“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’s head of football Brad Lloyd explained the qualities Kreuzer would bring would certainly help the talls around the club go from strength to strength.
“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.”