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Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Malthouse blasts Blues over 'warrior' Cripps


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Carlton is at grave risk of burning out Patrick Cripps before he has the chance to lead a Blues resurgence, former coach Mick Malthouse says.

Cripps, 24, has played more midfield minutes - 971 - than any player in the AFL this season.

Malthouse told the Herald Sun that Carlton was running him into the ground.

“If Carlton want to have success down the track — and they will get it because they’ve got too many good players coming through — they want him [Cripps] to be able to lead it and lead it well into his late 20s and even his early 30s,” Malthouse said.

“And the problem I see at the moment is that he’s a Mr Fix Everything, you know, if you’re in doubt, leave him in there.

“He hasn’t been developed to play forward, he doesn’t spend a lot of time on the bench.

“You can run those blokes into the ground and they are old before their time.

“I hope for Carlton supporters, and I hope for the club’s sake — and I genuinely mean this — that they don’t wear him out.”

Malthouse said he used the term "warrior" to describe exceptionally durable players and while Cripps warranted the tag, he was too young to carry such a burden. He said that Cripps should only spend 75 per cent of his time in the midfield.

“He’s always bandaged up, he’s always knocked about, he’s always Mr Reliable. He gets tagged and he’s getting a little bit narky at the moment,” Malthouse said.

Carlton is at grave risk of burning out Patrick Cripps before he has the chance to lead a Blues resurgence, former coach Mick Malthouse says.

Cripps, 24, has played more midfield minutes - 971 - than any player in the AFL this season.

Malthouse told the Herald Sun that Carlton was running him into the ground.

“If Carlton want to have success down the track — and they will get it because they’ve got too many good players coming through — they want him [Cripps] to be able to lead it and lead it well into his late 20s and even his early 30s,” Malthouse said.

“And the problem I see at the moment is that he’s a Mr Fix Everything, you know, if you’re in doubt, leave him in there.

“He hasn’t been developed to play forward, he doesn’t spend a lot of time on the bench.

“You can run those blokes into the ground and they are old before their time.

“I hope for Carlton supporters, and I hope for the club’s sake — and I genuinely mean this — that they don’t wear him out.”

Malthouse said he used the term "warrior" to describe exceptionally durable players and while Cripps warranted the tag, he was too young to carry such a burden. He said that Cripps should only spend 75 per cent of his time in the midfield.

“He’s always bandaged up, he’s always knocked about, he’s always Mr Reliable. He gets tagged and he’s getting a little bit narky at the moment,” Malthouse said.

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