Boy in blue Blaine shines

Former Kwinana Junior Knights player Blaine Johnson is making inroads at Carlton.
Former Kwinana Junior Knights player Blaine Johnson is making inroads at Carlton.

Johnson spearheaded the club’s VFL affiliate Northern Blues’ 25-point victory over Footscray last weekend, and was named best on ground after booting four goals to go with 17 disposals and five marks.

Despite having only made his VFL debut three weeks ago, Johnson appears to have adjusted to his surroundings and given Carlton’s recent woes it isn’t beyond the realms of possibility that he could be called into the squad, despite being on the club’s rookie list.

A solid season with South Fremantle last season included making his WAFL debut at just 17 and culminated in Johnson playing a key role in the club’s colts premiership.

He was considered an outside chance of being drafted ahead of last season’s AFL Draft, but he missed out on selection before eventually being taken by Carlton at pick 43 in this year’s Rookie Draft.

But the ease with which the 18-year-old has adapted to the upheaval of moving states and playing regular senior football suggests he could follow in the footsteps of another former Kwinana youngster, Daniel Wells, in playing AFL football.