Henderson focused on forward role

December 28, 2014 08:37:51 UK

Carlton’s Lachie Henderson says his swingman days are behind him and he regards himself as purely a forward.

The versatile 25-year-old was primarily used in attack by the Blues last season and though his campaign was derailed by injury in the last six weeks he was in form before then.

He kicked 28 goals in 17 matches, his best goal to game ratio so far, and also averaged 5.2 marks per game.

Henderson has booted 25 or more goals three times for Carlton, who areĀ 51.00 to win the Grand Final, since moving across from the Brisbane Lions before the 2010 season.

At other times, though, he has either been used predominantly in defence or switched between the two roles.

But last season Sam Rowe stepped up to share the Blues’ key defensive duties with Michael Jamison to free him up as a forward.

With Jarrad Waite having moved to North Melbourne during October’s free agency period, Henderson is expected to stay as a forward in 2015.

“I suppose I have to (regard myself as a forward) now with ‘Rowey’ and ‘Jamo’ going so well,” he said.

“I haven’t heard the term swingman whipped out for a while. It was thrown all over the place in 2013, but yeah, I see myself as a forward.”

Henderson looms as the club’s forward-line leader next year, following Waite’s decision to accept a two-year offer from the Kangaroos, who areĀ 1.45 to finish in the top eight.

He said: “I probably am one of the more senior boys down there with ‘Waitey’ leaving, but ‘Jonesy’ (Liam Jones) and ‘Tutty’ (Jason Tutt) have had years of experience at the Bulldogs, Levi (Casboult) is coming off a very good year, Tory Menzel the same.”

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