Debut: Round 9, 2003 vs Brisbane, aged 19 years, 349 days
1065th Carlton Player
Last Game: Round 5, 2005 vs Fremantle, aged 21 years, 328 days
Guernsey No. 37 (2003 - 2005)
DOB: 30 May, 1983
AFL Rising Star Nomination: Round 13, 2004 vs Richmond
Karl Norman was only on the Carlton list for 3 seasons, but had a controversial stay. Drafted at #79 in the 2002 National Draft, Norman immediately caught the eye of Bullants watchers with his long kicking, aggression on the ball, and arm tattoo. Over his first two years at Carlton, Norman was seen as a shining light in the development of our key position players with strong performances in the seconds and some great early games at Carlton in 2004, leading to a National Rising Star nomination in 2004 after an amazing rebounding game against the Cats.
Unfortunately, Norman was also in the press for personal reasons - a newspaper report about being late to training, another about alleged damage to a rental accommodation, and for an all-nighter with Laurence Angwin in early 2004. There is always rumour in football, but it's clear somewhere along the lines that Carlton gave up on more chances for Norman early in 2005, and he stayed in the Bullants - still performing - until ultimately delisted at the end of 2005.
Norman will be remembered as one who had heaps of ability, but probably threw it away.