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Levi Casboult sorry to see footy mentors go

Before Rocca joined Carlton’s staff, Casboult’s goalkicking accuracy was 48.4 per cent, but he has been kicking at 60.9 since the former NFL punter first started working with him.

“I get along really well with ‘Sav’, even when he had a year off where he wasn’t employed by Carlton in between working for us, and I still on my day off would go and kick with him, so he’s been really important over my journey,” Casboult said of Rocca.

“He’s just someone who knows a lot of what’s going on from a technical side, but also because we spent a lot of time together doing that from a mindset point of view and stuff as well.

“I guess he’s someone that I’ll still tap into regardless of whether he’s an employee at Carlton or not.”

Fraser helped Casboult deal with the disappointment of being dropped from the senior team, and struggling to break his way back in, a few years ago.

“Josh Fraser was a really good resource for myself,” Casboult said.

“He sort of sat down with me and ran me through the end of his career at Collingwood and he was a good shoulder to lean on through a tough time for myself.”

Casboult muscled his way back into Carlton’s team last year, missing only two games, but despite that, he admits he isn’t sure what the prospect of potentially losing a whole season of football at his age might mean for his career.

“I guess it could [go] both ways. I’m 30 now so a year off could either be good for my body and prolong my career or a year off might go the other way and I might be closer to the end,” he said.

“I try not to think too much about it.”

Casboult conceded that goalkicking would always be a “work in progress” for him so in this new world of isolation and social distancing, he’s doing everything he can to continue practicing that skill. And living across the road from a footy ground is a welcome convenience.

“For me, it’s always a numbers game, so getting out there, I’ve got a bag of footies in the garage so I get that out, have a few shots,” he said.

“Sometimes less is more, but definitely still trying to kick the footies because of that muscle memory – try to keep that going.

“I’ve got goal posts, unfortunately there’s no net behind it so I have to go and retrieve them so that’s a first-world problem, but it’s a good set-up down there so I’m pretty lucky.”

Casboult switched to ruck in round one after Matthew Kreuzer injured his ankle and given he played in that position growing up, he said he would have no issue continuing to play that role if and when the season resumes.

The 125-gamer has found it easy keeping fit and strong while at home and while strict government rules around social distancing means footballers can only train in pairs, Casboult has managed to do some training work with defender Liam Jones and the club’s strength and conditioning coach Matthew Bode separately.

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