Carlton to 'own' missing AFL finals: Voss

Carlton coach Michael Voss wants the Blues to "own" their spectacular late-season collapse.

On Carlton's first-day of pre-season, their dramatic failure to qualify for finals this year still lingers.

In Voss' first season at Ikon Park, the Blues sat inside the top-eight for the entire campaign until the final day, when the Western Bulldogs snatched their spot.

Adding to Carlton's pain was they lost to arch-rivals Collingwood at the MCG in a dramatic one-point classic that day to have their finals dreams crushed.

Voss has had more than two months to stew on that round-23 loss to the Magpies.

"I think the first thing is that we look at the whole season and the body of work," he told reporters on Monday.

"We don't just look at two games, we look at the 10 months of work that we've actually spent together.

"No doubt we accept that it (missing finals) is part of the story that we need to own and we will own that.

"And also part of that is we need to own the reality that we weren't good enough to make it, now it's up to us to make sure that we get to work."

The majority of Carlton players returned on day one of pre-season training, headlined by star captain Patrick Cripps.

The Brownlow medallist was back on the training track fit and firing, not wearing any of the strapping on his arms and shoulders that he has in recent seasons.

After a career-best 2022, Cripps will set himself to go to new heights next year as Carlton attempt to play finals for the first time since 2013.

Key defender Caleb Marchbank and important midfielder Matt Kennedy were restricted to running laps after suffering injuries late in the season.

Midfielder George Hewett and ruckman Marc Pittonet will also be on light duties until the new year.