Fringe Blues midfielder “needs a role if he’s going to survive”

Brownlow Medallist Gerard Healy has designated a role for fringe Carlton midfielder Paddy Dow.

Dow was one of six inclusions for the Blues’ crucial clash against Brisbane at the Gabba on Sunday.

The 22-year-old was named on an extended bench alongside Tom De Koning, Corey Durdin, Lachie Fogarty, Brodie Kemp, Jack Martin, Jack Newnes and Will Setterfield.

The Blues will be without Matthew Kennedy (concussion/jaw) and Nic Newman (knee), while Lachie Plowman was omitted.

If selected for Carlton’s upcoming meeting with the Lions, Healy would like to see Dow play a negating role on Brownlow Medallist Lachie Neale.

The Swans Hall of Famer thinks Dow needs a role to “survive” in the AFL.

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“Dow comes straight in to tag Lachie Neale,” Healy told sportsday.

“Can he do that role? They need someone to do that role.”

sportday co-host McClure replied: “He hasn’t tagged before.”

Healy said further: “I know that – give him a role.

“He definitely needs a role if he’s going to survive in footy.”

Dow, who is contracted for 2023, hasn’t played at senior level since Carlton’s Round 11 loss to Collingwood.

The former No.3 pick has been prolific at VFL level averaging 27 disposals per game.





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