The “wildcard” that could take Carlton “to the promised land”

David King hopes Carlton can now get the best out of Mitch McGovern, following another season hugely interrupted by hamstring issues.

The 27-year-old has impressed in glimpses for the Blues in a new role as an intercept marking defender, but he has only played three games.

He has been cruelled by hamstring and back issues since arriving at Carlton and has been reinvented under Michael Voss.

McGovern made his return last weekend against GWS, taking seven marks from 10 disposals.

“A guy at 191cm, with his aerial capabilities and his speed, add to that his football intelligence and I think you’ve got to judge this guy a bit different to the average player,” King told SEN’s The Picks.

“He’s a wildcard the Blues can enjoy for a long time across half-back, he can take you to the promised land.

“This guy across half-back changes everything for me. If he can settle and play consistent football for the last month of the year, then enter a finals series, this is a Jeremy Howe type player.

“He’s as good with the ball coming in as he is with it going out. It’s a beautiful kick.”

McGovern will come up against his old side Adelaide this Saturday night, as the Blues look to secure their 13th win of the season.


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