SEN Drive host and Carlton tragic Andy Maher has put his full support behind Eddie Betts returning to the Blues and finishing his career at Princes Park.
Carlton is reportedly interested in bringing the out of contract 32-year-old back and Maher thinks it could be what’s best for Betts and the Blues.
“Eddie Betts coming back to Carlton, this is what I think as a Carlton supporter, last year in particular was a difficult year for him,” he told SEN’s Bob and Andy.
“I don’t think Eddie Betts has played, and I understand he’s 32, but I don’t think he’s played like Eddie Betts since.
“Maybe he can’t do what he did, but I want the smile and I want the zest and I want to see that one last time for a season and I think he would find it if he came back to Carlton.
“Who else is doing that on the Carlton list at the moment (kicking goals as a small forward)? No one. They haven’t got anyone doing that at the moment.
“Who is likely to be that player doing it next year? Who if Eddie Betts comes back to Carlton, who is he stopping from doing that next year, there aren’t many at Carlton who are in a position to be doing that stuff.
“The Carlton romantic in me says get him back. Let him finish with a song in his heart and a smile on his face and back the fact that he loves that jumper and didn’t want to leave in the first place.”
Carlton caretaker coach David Teague has multiple links to Betts, with the two playing together at the club in 2005 and 2006.
Teague also coached him at Adelaide when he was a Crows asssistant from 2014 to 2016.
Bob Murphy agrees, saying it would be a perfect fit.
“I just think he’s got some footy left in him. I think with the Blues with the way their side looks at the moment, there’s still a spot there for him and he could be a good guiding influence,” he said.
“He’d kick 30 goals with his eyes closed.”
Carlton CEO Cain Liddle said earlier in the year the Blues would target small forwards in the off-season.
The club has been linked to the likes of Sydney’s Tom Papley, Gold Coast’s Jack Martin, Richmond’s Dan Butler and Brisbane’s Lewis Taylor.