Carlton trial teen defender Michael Lewis to replace retiree Liam Jones

Carlton are casting the net wider still as they look to shore up the defensive stocks depleted by Liam Jones’ surprise retirement late last year.

Michael Lewis in action for Sandringham. Picture: Morgan Hancock/Getty Images
Michael Lewis in action for Sandringham. Picture: Morgan Hancock/Getty Images

Victorian teen defender Michael Lewis could end up filling the spot left by Liam Jones on Carlton’s list after being invited to train with the Blues.

Lewis, a 192cm tall backman from the Sandringham Dragons, is on the AFL’s updated permission to train list circulated to clubs.

The Blues have already trialled Tyreece Leiu and Josh Cripps, younger brother of Carlton captain Patrick, to fill a vacancy.

Lewis, 19, would bolster the Blues’ defensive stocks which were depleted by the retirement of Jones, who failed to comply with the AFL’s vaccination mandate.

Carlton traded in Lewis Young from the Western Bulldogs over the off-season as further key defensive depth to help star Jacob Weitering.

The Blues announced on Monday that Sam Walsh had extended his contract at the club until the end of 2026.

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