Carlton have been handed a huge boost ahead of the 2022 AFL campaign after gun midfielder Sam Walsh penned a new four-year deal with the club.
Carlton are priced at 19/10 to finish in the top eight and play finals this season and the news that Walsh is committed will give the whole playing group a lift.
Walsh still had one year remaining on his current deal but Carlton were keen to secure his future as rival clubs started to show an interest in luring the 21-year-old away.
They now have him locked in until at least the end of the 2026 AFL campaign and the signing will boost their chances of winning a premiership during that time.
Walsh says the decision to sign the extension was an easy one for him and he is looking forward to an exciting future.
"The decision could not have been easier for me, our club has a clear direction, strong leadership, as a playing group we know what we want to achieve and I want to do everything I possibly can to get us there," Walsh said.
"From the moment I got drafted this football club has been amazing for me and my family, that includes our members and supporters, I am so grateful for how they’ve embraced me from day one.
"I’ve never taken for granted what it means to pull on that navy blue guernsey, it represents so much to so many people.
"We have a real focus to make Carlton people proud, earn respect back for this football club and everyone we represent, and I am very excited to be part of that, not only this season but for years to come."
Walsh, the No.1 draft pick in 2018, has made 61 AFL appearances for the club, been named as vice-captain and also became an All-Australian for the first time in 2021.