Former Blues coach Mick Malthouse makes shock prediction that Carlton could win the flag THIS YEAR despite the side failing to make the finals since 2013
- Mick Malthouse believes his former club can win Premiership this year
- Former Blues coach said Carlton have ‘no excuses’ not to make good progress
- Carlton haven’t made the finals since Malthouse was in charge in 2013
- Blues last won the flag in 1995 and last reached Grand Final in 1999
Mick Malthouse believes Carlton could finally break its 27-year Premiership drought this season, despite the fact his former club last made the finals back in 2013.
The Blues last won the flag when they thrashed Geelong in the 1995 Grand Final and were back on football’s biggest stage four years later, losing to North Melbourne.
Carlton finished 13th last season with a winning percentage of 88.5, but Malthouse suggested they could be in action in the last Saturday of September.
Mick Malthouse believes Carlton could be a dark horse for the Premiership this year
‘The club that could make the most improvement this year – one that hasn’t won a final since 2013 – is Carlton,’ he wrote in his column on The Herald Sun.
‘New coach Michael Voss will toughen the team up no doubt, and get them playing a far more physical game, which is the exact factor it needs to move from 13th in to the eight.’
Malthouse knows all about the pressure of taking the Blues into the top eight, as he was in charge when they last won a finals game back in 2013 after defeating Richmond in their elimination final.
The Blues haven’t won the flag since 1995 and haven’t made the Grand Final since 1999
But in Patrick Cripps they have one of the stars of the game and Malthouse believes the time has come for Carlton to seize their opportunity
Carlton has finished 16th twice, 18th, 11th and 13th in the last five seasons, allowing them to build smartly through the draft and by attracting coveted free agents and Malthouse wants the Blues to seize their chance.
‘Big scoring capacity, a backline that is strong and attacking, the Blues have the chance to build a team that could be a worthy participant in finals for the next five to six years,’ he added.
While Carlton’s Premiership drought may be approaching its 30th anniversary, there are positive omens for the Blues.
The Western Bulldogs finished in the bottom five in 2014 and 2018, but won the flag in 2016 and fell at the final hurdle last year.
Similarly, Melbourne’s triumph last year came just two seasons after the Demons had finished 17th, while Richmond’s three Premierships in the last six years have come either side of a 13th and 12th place finishes.
Carlton open their AFL campaign against the Tigers at the MCG on Thursday night.