Time to bid the bump goodbye, Carlton coach says

A man holding a sign posing for the camera
Carlton coach Michael Voss. Photo: supplied

Carlton coach Michael Voss has applauded the end of the bump in the AFL, describing it as “well and truly done”.

Despite wanting his Blues to play hard, Voss supported the phasing out of the controversial move, which was the cause of a number of Round One suspensions.

“We’re all a little bit wiser – the rules have changed (and) we have to adapt with it, and we’re ok with that,” he said.

“For the greater good of the game, it’s a good thing.”

Speaking at Ikon Park before Thursday’s game against reigning premiers Geelong, Voss said he was keen to see Carlton compete with the best.

“What we have to give is a total effort on the game itself and go and play like the next moment matters the most,” he said.

It was a difficult start to the 2023 season for the finals hopefuls with back-to-back games against top eight teams Richmond and Geelong.

But the Carlton coach wasn’t too focused on the chance of heading into round three without a win, and preferred his team to stay in the present.

“In some ways it helps the mindset at the start of the year to know that Round 1 is a big one, and obviously we dealt with that and now we’ve got Round 2 [against] the Cats,” he said.

“All we can do is turn up and play the way we want to play.”

Voss had positive things to say about the new substitution rule.

“All teams will find their own sweet spots – we’ll probably vary its use in terms of what we want to get out of it,” he said.

While Voss kept selection news under wraps a hand injury to George Hewett has put the midfielder in doubt for tomorrow night’s game.