JUST a year after winning the NAB AFL Rising Star award, teenage sensation Sam Walsh has joined Carlton's leadership group.
Patrick Cripps and Sam Docherty have been named co-captains for the second straight year, flanked by veterans Marc Murphy and Ed Curnow.
Another former No.1 draft pick, Jacob Weitering, and veteran defender Liam Jones join Walsh as the three new additions to the seven-man group.
"This is a significant step in the growth of our football club with our emerging generation of talent now ready to step into senior leadership positions," Docherty said.
"Weiters, Jonesy and Walshy are exceptional leaders in everything they do, whether it be on the training track, during games and living the values of our football club – that is why they have earned their place in the leadership group.
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The inclusion of the two former No.1 picks (Walsh and Weitering) is thanks to the new leadership pathway, according to Carlton head of football Brad Lloyd.
"In order to fast track our on and off-field leadership, the players and coaches voted to implement an Emerging Leaders group 12 months ago," Lloyd said.
"This group, which works closely with our director of high performance Andrew Russell, has been identified as players who have influence within the club, can set standards, and support the leadership group.
The new leadership group will step out together for their first Marsh Community Series game against Fremantle at David Grays Arena on Saturday February 29.