Young Blue Walsh is ‘a massive Brownlow chance’

Sam Walsh is playing just his third season in the AFL.

But he has starred on multiple occasions for Carlton and showed his talents again on Sunday in the Blues’ win over Essendon.

This week on the Real Footy podcast, Michael Gleeson, Jake Niall and Greg Baum discuss the Blues and their young star, arguing that he has to be a contender for the Brownlow Medal this season.

And after a tough couple of weeks the Blues answered some of their critics by beating the Dons. Harry McKay has been a big contributor up forward, kicking five goals again in round seven. McKay’s contract is up at the end of the season, and though there may be some back and forth about the terms of his contract, there is good news for Blues fans: not only is he doing his negotiating on the field, there don’t seem to be offers coming from other clubs.

Meanwhile, the Demons are 7-0 after overcoming a tougher than expected test against cellar-dwellers North Melbourne. But they have a problem brewing. Up until now, their back line has set them apart in the race for premiership favouritism. But now they have lost Adam Tomlinson to injury, what will they do with their structure? Should Tom McDonald move back to defence? Who will come in to the team? And how important is it that Jake Lever and Steven May stay in their current roles?

The Bulldogs’ unbeaten run ended on Friday night at Richmond’s hands. They have a back line problem, but how worried should they be? And is moving Aaron Naughton the solution? The other lesson we learnt from Friday night is that the Tigers are still the benchmark. Their victory was signature Richmond: a comeback without Dustin Martin and a hamstrung Trent Cotchin. Plus, Shai Bolton is proving even more a star with every game he plays.

Meanwhile, the Pies have North Melbourne this weekend, whose percentage (49.2) is the worst after seven rounds since the 1955 Saints. At 1-6, the Pies are “one loss away from a crisis”. Are they playing Steele Sidebottom in the wrong position? Plus, Roos coach David Noble will coach against his son John this weekend – and the senior Noble will have a stern message for his match committee.

Plus, the Saints rebound, and what a difference a ruck makes, why Port Adelaide shouldn’t be worried after losing to Brisbane, and we remember Frank Costa, the former Geelong president who died on the weekend.

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