Kernahan hails new Blues AFL coach Voss

Michael Voss will return to an AFL head coaching role after signing a three-year deal with Carlton.
Michael Voss will return to an AFL head coaching role after signing a three-year deal with Carlton.

Carlton legend Stephen Kernahan has declared Michael Voss' appointment as Blues coach as a "line in the sand" moment for the struggling AFL club.

Voss has signed on at Ikon Park for the next three years, with the three-time Brisbane premiership captain given another shot at AFL coaching eight years after he was sacked by the Lions.

Kernahan, who captained the Blues to flags in 1987 and 1995 before briefly becoming president of the club, believes Carlton is back on the right track after years in the wilderness.

"I think he's (Voss) really had his head down, he's learnt a lot about people in his time (as an assistant) at Port Adelaide and he's just gone about it the right way," Kernahan told SEN.

"I reckon he's going to be really good the second time around.

"The players will really need to get behind Michael Voss and I can't wait to see that because it's a line in the sand day for the club."

Voss idolised Carlton champions Ken Hunter and Wayne Johnston and was a huge Blues fan before he joined the Brisbane Bears as a player in 1992.

"It's amazing the little memories that you have," Voss said on Thursday.

"One of the really exciting moments for me when I started my AFL career was when Wayne Johnston walked into Morningside Football Club when I was doing a sign-on session.

"He brought his two boys with him and my Dad came through the door and just said, 'You'll never guess who's arrived'.

"I said, 'Who is it? Who is it?'

"The Dominator (Johnston) had turned up, so I was very excited."

More recently, as Voss recalled, he ran into Hunter while completing radio commitments in Melbourne.

The three-time premiership-winning captain and Brownlow medallist, renowned for his hardness in the heat of battle, went weak at the knees.

"I had bit of a man-crush moment, I must say, because I finally got to meet him," Voss said.

"No.7 (Johnston) and No.9 (Hunter) were on my back growing up.

"I didn't know whether I should've cuddled him, but I settled with just shaking his hand."

Voss forged his football identity during a hugely successful 289-game playing career with Brisbane and later coached the Lions for five seasons.

Yet there is something special about taking the coaching reins at the club he barracked for as a boy.

Carlton's tally of 16 premierships is the equal-most in AFL/VFL history, but they haven't tasted the ultimate success in 26 years.

"One word that comes to mind with Carlton is it's extremely powerful," Voss said.

"We want to play a powerful brand and we also want to be able to have our members and supporters feel like they want to be part of that journey."

Australian Associated Press