Carlton’s future bright under Bolton: Chris Judd

CHRIS Judd said Brendon Bolton’s innovative coaching style helped separate him from the rest when it came to choosing a new coach for Carlton.

The two-time Brownlow medallist was part of the coaching selection committee that selected the Tasmanian to take over the reins at the Blues.

“For me it was Brendon’s ability to teach and develop a young list that sort of set him apart from the other candidates,” Judd told the Mercury. “To bring Hawthorn’s 2IC across is a little bit of a cherry on top but that’s not an ingredient for sustaining success.

“I think Brendon himself, he is so innovative. I think you’ll see some really good things happening at Carlton in the next couple of years.”

With Carlton currently in a rebuilding phase after finishing last this season, Judd said he was unsure how long it would take before the team could once again challenge for the premiership but was optimistic for the future of the side.

“No one knows if it will take 12 months, 24 months or 36 months but the focus is to make sound long-term decisions with the long-term interest of the club in mind to try and improve as quickly as possible so that we can move our way up the ladder,” he said.

Judd is currently travelling around Australia promoting his autobiography Inside and will be the keynote speaker at next week’s Lord Taverner’s breakfast at Wrest Point as well as hosting a book signing at Dymocks in Hobart.

This article was originally written for The Mercury. You can read the published version here

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