Carlton youngster Sam Docherty has inked a new three-year deal with the Blues, meaning he will remain at the club until at least the end of the 2018 season.
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Docherty joined the Blues from Brisbane during the 2013 trade period after playing 13 games with the Lions.
According to AFL.com.au, Docherty was contracted until the end of 2015 with a trigger to extend into 2016, however the Blues moved quickly to lock in the 21-year-old long-term.
A life-long Carlton supporter, Docherty said he had no thoughts of moving elsewhere.
“It’s great to get the deal done – there was never any doubt in my mind about whether I was staying or going,” Docherty told the Blues’ website.
“I think Carlton has some success around the corner. I know that it doesn’t seem like that now, but the club is working really hard and the players are working really hard to get to where we want to be.”
Carlton football manager Andrew McKay said that despite Docherty’s youth, the defender has shown leadership qualities both on and off the field.
“Sam is part of Carlton’s middle tier leadership group and we’ve seen his leadership qualities really emerge over the past few years,” McKay said.
“We recruited Sam specifically to play a variety of positions and he has shown some good form doing that this year.
“It’s fantastic to have someone of his quality, both on and off the field, sign a long-term deal with us.”
Docherty made hs debut with the Blues against old foes Collingwood in round seven last season and went on to play every match for the remainder of the season.
The youngster impressed in his first season at Princes Park, finishing ninth in the club’s best and fairest.