CARLTON has wasted no time in extending the contract of boom draftee Paddy Dow, re-signing the tough midfielder until the end of the 2022 season.
Taken with pick three in last year's NAB AFL Draft, the three-year extension is on top of the standard two-year deal draftees sign.
Dow showed glimpses of his huge potential in the JLT Community Series and a round one debut against Richmond looms as a strong possibility.
The 18-year-old, who hails from Swan Hill, said he was excited to have his future at Carlton secured for the next five years.
"Now I'm focusing on earning a call up in the side, whenever that may be, and contributing to our team's success," Dow said.
"I want to go out there and keep earning the respect of my teammates and keep improving as a midfielder, learning from the likes of Marc Murphy and Patrick Cripps."
Brendon Bolton said the teenager had made a strong impression at the Blues since arriving at the club in November.
"We are really pleased Paddy can see the path we're on as an exciting team on the rise,' Bolton said.
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"He is clearly a talented young player, but he is a terrific young man with strong character and values. In terms of on-field, he is an explosive midfielder who has shown he has the ability to push forward and contribute on the scoreboard too.
"We're conscious Paddy obviously has a huge amount of learning and improvement to come but we think we've found a really solid player who we hope will have a long career at the Carlton Football Club."