Blues sign Cripps on long-term AFL deal

Roger Vaughan

Now that Carlton have locked in Charlie Curnow, the focus will be on Patrick Cripps' future at the struggling AFL club.

Curnow's four-year deal is a badly-needed morale boost for the Blues, who are coming off a woeful first half last Saturday against Fremantle.

They only have one win this season and will start at long odds on Sunday against arch-rivals Collingwood, who look finals bound.

Curnow was committed to the club already until the end of next season and the new deal locks away the 21-year-old young gun until 2023.

"It was never an option to go anywhere else, the club is basically an extension of my family and I wanted to repay the faith they have shown in me since I arrived at the end of 2015," said Curnow, whose brother Ed also plays for the Blues.

"I really believe in where our football program is heading.

"We are a very close-knit playing group and we are driven to get this club back to where it belongs, so I'm rapt to be staying around and helping us get there."

Cripps is also contracted until the end of next season and, like Curnow, is crucial to Carlton's future as their rebuild continues.

The speculation earlier this month was that Cripps will re-sign before the end of the season and probably commit until the end of 2021.

Zac Fisher, Cameron Polson, Paddy Dow and Lochie O'Brien have re-signed with Carlton this year.