Mick wants Blues to help Judd

Written By Unknown on Senin, 05 November 2012 | 14.43

Coach Michael Malthouse taking his first training session with the team Picture: Salpigtidis George Source: Herald Sun

MICHAEL Malthouse used his first day at work as Carlton coach to reinforce his team rules to the players - clearly based around his ''mantra of defence'' - and declared that other players had to lift and relieve the leadership burden on captain Chris Judd.

The three-time premiership coach met the playing and coaching group at Visy Park at 8am this morning, then spoke to the team for 20 minutes on the field after an open training session in the afternoon.

He said the latter address was ''all team stuff. All rules and regulations that I entrust to the players when they're on the ground.''

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Asked what his approach would be to coaching the Blues, Malthouse said: ''I still think to this day the best defensive side has the best chance to win premierships. So it'll be based on and around that, and I think the playing group will grab it and run with it.''

He said a decision on the 2013 captaincy would depend on Judd wanting the role and the playing group choosing him, but drew parallels to how heavily Collingwood relied on skipper Nathan Buckley when he arrived at Victoria Park in 2000.

''I don't think there's any one team has gone too far relying on one player. .. from a distance I thought that everything was rolled into a Nathan Buckley at Collingwood. To relieve the pressure on him he needed to see other people stand up around him. And I see the same when I see Chris Judd.''

Carlton training at princess park, Coach Michael Malthouse taking his first training session with the team, Having a laugh with Mitch Robinson Picture: Salpigtidis George Source: Herald Sun

Midfielder Andrew Carrazzo said it was a ''misconception'' that the group relied too heavily on on Judd .

''Juddy does have a strong influence on the group and so do some of the other leaders,'' Carrazzo said.

"But there's not doubt that if we're going to go forward some of that responsibility's got to be shared among the other guys.''

Malthouse said he was interested to discover who wanted to take on leadership roles and looked forward to learning more about the playing group now that he was inside the club.

He wanted to give Blues players a chance to prove themselves before drastically changing the list. Among the changes he did expect to make, though, was for Bryce Gibbs to improve his game and spend more time in the midfield.

''I'd like to think he's going to be playing in the middle .. he certainly has to come up that next level,'' said Malthouse, adding that he expected Gibbs to play 8-10 minutes a quarter in the midfield.

The Blues 2-4 year players started training last week, but today was the first training session involving the full list.

Carlton will head off on Friday for a two week training camp in Arizona. Malthouse said it would not be ''commando-style floggings'', rather a chance to reinforce his philosophies and get to know the players better.

He said that at this early stage the only player expected to be unavailable in Round 1 was defender Andrew McInnes.

Malthouse's coaching panel was finalised yesterday when former Melbourne skipper Brad Green was appointed midfield development coach.

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