CARLTON triple premiership legend Jim Buckley says he’s disappointed the Blues delisted his son Dylan Buckley, but believes the 24-year-old will find a new home at another AFL club.
After playing just one game in 2017, the Blues gave Dylan Buckley his marching orders, leaving him searching for a new club.
“In my opinion, he didn’t really get the chance to show his skills,” Jim Buckley said on SEN Breakfast.
“He’s played some good footy, but he just hasn’t been able to fit into the category of what they want to play at Carlton at the moment.
“Carlton have been good, they’ve given him a few chances, but he got nothing last year, realistically, playing in the reserves for the whole year — It’s pretty hard playing down there in the reserves.”
Dylan Buckley played 39 games across five seasons with the Blues, but niggling injuries kept him out for long stretches.
Jim Buckley believes his son will get a second chance.
“He’s going to move on, there’s no problem about that and there are a lot of players who have moved on over the years and been picked up,” Jim Buckley said.
“I think Dylan will get a second chance, he deserves it and hopefully someone out there sees fit to take him on.
“He’s got a fantastic attitude … he’s pumped to try and get into a new club.
“He’s a good kid, he’d be an asset to wherever he goes, there’s still plenty of football in him and he’s still learning.”
Buckley would need to find a new home through either the draft, as a delisted free agent, or be added to a rookie list.
Jim Buckley, who won a best and fairest and played 146 games with the Blues from 1976-90, said Carlton was stuck between a rock and a hard place on Bryce Gibbs, who was traded to the Crows last week.
“He’s a great kid Bryce, I got on really good with Bryce, he’s a quality player and you can’t afford to lose those type of blokes,” Jim Buckley said.
“But he wanted to go back to Adelaide, must have been fairly strong ties there, but I would have kept him if I was there.
“It’s hard enough to get players like him anywhere.
“He’s a quality finisher and he’s quality player, Carlton need those type of players.
“You’re going to get a couple of good draft picks for him, but they take years, don’t they?”