Mitch McGovern might have been the AFL’s No.1 whipping boy. But the former forward and intercepting defender has become a key to Carlton’s September success.
AFL: Carlton Blues coach Michael Voss spoke to the media following their stunning semi-final must win victory against the Melbourne Demons.
McGovern’s injury-prone nature and vast $800,000-a-season contract meant even the most patient of Carlton supporters had him in the “much-maligned” category.
Even those who had not lost faith in McGovern would never have guessed he would thrive in his recent role.
The flashy intercept marking and high-risk kicks through the corridor have been replaced by dour lockdown defence on the most dangerous of foes.
Even his late dash forward against Melbourne was only caused by him following his opponent Bayley Fritsch into defence to prevent the Demons from having a loose man behind the…