Carlton defender Liam Jones remains true blue through 2022

Carlton defender Liam Jones has been rewarded for the stunning turn around of his career and handed a three-year contract extension.

The deal will see him remain at Princes Park until the end of 2022, by which stage he'll be 31.

Liam Jones does battle with Sydney’s Lance Franklin.Credit:AAP

“It’s great to re-sign, I love playing my football here and I feel like this group can achieve something special,” Jones said.

“My time here at Carlton has been quite the journey, going from a forward to a defender, the transition certainly had its challenges, but I’ve loved every minute of the journey.

"It’s been great to hone my defensive craft with Dale Amos who has backed me since day one and encouraged me to do it my way.

“The Club has shown great belief in me since I walked through the doors and I’m looking forward to working hard every day to help this group achieve success over the next three seasons.”

Jones' career has been on the brink of ending on at least two occasions.

After 66 games with the Western Bulldogs over the course of five seasons, he joined Carlton at the end of 2014.

He was targeted by then Blues' coach Mick Malthouse, who famously called him an "explosive animal" in his first pre-season at the club.

But much like the later part of his Bulldogs career, Jones' start to his stint at Carlton was less than impressive.

In his first two seasons, he kicked 16 goals in 17 games, never kicking more than two goals in a match.

After playing the first half of 2017 in the VFL, Jones returned to the senior side at the other end of the ground, to the surprise of the majority of Carlton supporters.

He played the last 12 games of the year as a dominant defender, compiling five brownlow votes in 12 games as a full back.

Although he's suffered several injuries since becoming a defender, he has been very consistent in the back six.

Jones' list manager – and full back of the century – Stephen Silvagni, described Jones as one of the best defenders in the competition.

“Through sheer hard work and determination, Liam has become an integral part of our backline and has developed into a great leader among our defensive group,” Silvagni said.

“He shows such dedication to his defensive craft and it’s a credit to Liam.

“We hold Liam in such high regard at the Club and we are delighted he will be part of our exciting future.”

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