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Sam Walsh

#18   Carlton Blues
Age: 19yr 10mth    Games: 23     Born: July 2, 2000     Origin: Geelong Falcons
Height: 184cm     Weight: 80kg     Position: Midfield
Last Drafted: Round 1, Pick #1 2018 National Draft by Carlton Blues
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Contract Status: Out of contract at the end of 2022   AFL Player Contracts
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Sam Walsh Biography

Monday, 17 February 2020
Just a year after winning the NAB AFL Rising Star award, teenage sensation Sam Walsh has joined Carlton's leadership group.

Patrick Cripps and Sam Docherty have been named co-captains for the second straight year, flanked by veterans Marc Murphy and Ed Curnow.

Another former No.1 draft pick, Jacob Weitering, and veteran defender Liam Jones join Walsh as the three new additions to the seven-man group.

"This is a significant step in the growth of our football club with our emerging generation of talent now ready to step into senior leadership positions," Docherty said.

"Weiters, Jonesy and Walshy are exceptional leaders in everything they do, whether it be on the training track, during games and living the values of our football club ? that is why they have earned their place in the leadership group.

"All three of them are born for the role, are quality Carlton people and we are excited to see them continue to grow as footballers and as individuals."

Friday, 30 August 2019
Sam Walsh wins the AFL Rising Star award for 2019 after polling 54 ahead of Connor Rozee on 42 votes and Sydney Stack 28 votes.

Walsh averaged 25.1 disposals, 5.1 marks, 3.4 clearances and 3.2 tackles per game in 2019, breaking the record for most touches amassed by a first-year player in Champion Data history.

In claiming the Rising Star, Walsh becomes Carlton's first-ever winner of the award.

"It's a bit surreal. There are so many moments from this year that I'll look back on and just think 'did that really happen?' This is one of those moments," Walsh said.

"It's something that I have dreamt of, but I never thought it would happen. It's a bit of a crazy time, really."

Thursday, 29 August 2019
Sam Walsh is named the AFLPA Best First-Year Player.
Wednesday, 17 April 2019
Sam Walsh signs a new two-year deal to remain at Carlton until the end of 2022.

Walsh has had a great start to his AFL career, averaging 26 disposals in four games with Carlton thus far in 2019.

Monday, 15 April 2019
Sam Walsh is the 2019 round four NAB AFL Rising Star nominee after tallying 28 disposals, 6 tackles and 7 clearances in Carlton's heartbreaking two-point loss to the Suns.

"I've always put pretty high expectations and a bit of pressure on myself to perform anyway, because I know that if I work hard there's no reason why I can't have a big impact even at this stage," Walsh said.

"I just thought, 'I'll give this a red-hot crack, ask as many questions as I can and use the people around me to upskill me and give me a feel for what it's going to be like at AFL level.'

"I'm happy with how I've been tracking individually so far, but I've still got a lot to work on and I'm learning and growing each week from playing games and reviewing them."

Monday, 4 February 2019
Kade Simpson says Sam Walsh has no discernible weaknesses and is ready to slot straight into Carlton's midfield.

"On the training track he's up the front of all the running drills, he's got explosive speed away from stoppages, an amazing lateral step and (he's) just a ripping young fella," Simpson said of Walsh.

"I'd be excited if I was a Carlton fan because he's going to have a very long career, I would have thought."

Thursday, 22 November 2018
As expected, Carlton select Sam Walsh with pick No.1 in the 2018 AFL Draft.

"To get my named called out by an AFL club is a dream come true and Iím stoked to be at the Carlton Football Club. I canít wait to get stuck into training and train alongside Paddy Cripps and Sam Docherty, itís surreal," Walsh told SEN radio.

Thursday, 8 November 2018
Geelong Falcons talent manager Mick Turner says potential No.1 pick Sam Walsh would be the perfect fit at Carlton.

"Without being too hard on them, Gold Coast is on its third rebuild. I'd prefer Sam to go to a club that's on the rise," Turner said.

"Carlton is criticised, but they're certainly a long way in front of Gold Coast. Going to Carlton, he's certainly going to a more established club where he's going to get a lot more support."

Thursday, 5 April 2018
Recruiters consider Sam Walsh to be tough, consistent, reliable, a good kick and with a nice balance between winning the ball and getting on the end of things. Wrapped together, it all makes him a contender for the No.1 pick.

"I don't like to think about that too much. I'd love to go as early as I can in the draft, and I think you can keep improving if you have that competitive mindset. I always try to get the best out of myself," Walsh said.

Friday, 21 April 2017
Sam Walsh, an exciting prospect who is eligible for the 2018 NAB AFL Draft, will be in Wellington playing for his country against a New Zealand side that includes one of his childhood heroes: former Brisbane Lions star Simon Black.

"It's going to be surreal. I barracked for Brisbane growing up so I watched a lot of him so it'll be awesome to be out there against him," Walsh said.

"I'll have to pinch myself a bit.

"But even just picking up the little things he does will be really valuable for me. Any time spent on a player of that calibre is pretty amazing for me."

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