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Sport AFL 2020: Liam Stocker signs two-year extension with Carlton

17:05  07 november  2019
17:05  07 november  2019 Source:   sportingnews.com

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Carlton midfielder Liam Stocker has signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him at Ikon Park until the end of the 2022 season.

Stocker made headlines as the first player to be selected using the AFL's live trade system in 2018, which saw the Blues trade their 2019 first-round pick to Adelaide in exchange for pick 19, which was used to take the Sandringham junior, and their 2019 first-round pick.

The 19-year-old played five games for the club in 2019 before a foot injury kept him out for the rest of the season.

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CARLTON has shown further faith in highly touted youngster Liam Stocker , rewarding him with a two - year contract extension . Starting his AFL career across half-back, the 19-year-old is expected to increase his midfield minutes in 2020 . "It's great that the club believes in me, I am loving my time in

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Stocker was pleased to have his future secured after the turbulent year, eager to take the next steps in his development with the club looking for their first finals berth since 2013.

“It’s great that the club believes in me, I am loving my time in the Navy Blue and am really excited to be part of what we are building here,” Stocker told the club's website.

“When you walk into this club you realise how special it is to wear the guernsey, I can’t put it into words the moment I first wore it against North.

“We have a really exciting midfield group here at the club and I am loving the chance to learn from those experienced guys in the middle but also down back as well.

“I am just focused on becoming the best player I can possibly be for this football club and doing everything I can to makes us successful over the next three seasons.”

Carlton general manager and club legend Stephen Silvagni is confident that Stocker's intensity and work ethic can help him expand on his limited game-time from 2019.

“We rate Liam really highly and this year his effort and intensity to the program saw him fit into our system and earn his debut early in the season,” Silvagni said.

“Those five games of AFL will give Liam huge motivation to work hard over the summer to give himself every chance for greater opportunity at the elite level in 2020.

“We look forward to seeing his development unfold and we know our members and supporters will enjoy watching Liam emerge over the next three years.”

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