Ratten ignores tankinig debate

August 1, 2012, 11:53 amSportal

Carlton coach Brett Ratten has side-stepped interest in Brock McLean's claims that the midfielder's former club Melbourne 'tanked' in 2009...

Brett Ratten

Carlton coach Brett Ratten has side-stepped interest in Brock McLean's claims that the midfielder's former club Melbourne 'tanked' in 2009.

McLean made the claims on Fox Footy on Monday night, revealing there was a feeling Demons powerbrokers were manipulating the side's on-field performances to guarantee high draft picks to benefit the club in the future, when the now-Carlton player was in his final year at Melbourne.

But Ratten, speaking at Visy Park on Wednesday, did not want to know about McLean's explosive claims.

"I didn't watch it," Ratten said of the McLean interview.

"I try and avoid all those things, I'd rather spend some time with my family or kids, or try and control those things that I can control, and that's trying to get the team up to win.

"And we've got a massive game this week, I'm more worried about what's going on internally, and what we can do about winning games of football."

Try as he might to avoid weighing in on the debate, Ratten did concede that McLean, who was the hero of their last-gasp win over Richmond on Saturday, was neck-deep in the controversy.

"There's no doubt about it," Ratten said, but it was just about all he was willing to part with on footy's hottest topic.

Meanwhile, the Blues will hope to continue their improved form when they take on league-leaders Sydney on Sunday and look to extend their two-match winning streak.

Ratten's side are just one win and percentage outside a top-eight spot, but he acknowledged the Swans were one of the top-three form teams of the competition, alongside Hawthorn and North Melbourne.

Hoping to help Carlton's push for September will be the potential inclusions of forwards Jarrad Waite and Andrew Walker, and midfielders Kade Simpson and Mitch Robinson, with the quartet needing to pass respective tests on Thursday.

"Those blokes that are very close in Waite, Walker and Robinson will be tested, and Simpson's got the all clear which is great. We've just got to get him (Simpson) through that final session to see if he's up and ready to go," Ratten said.

Key forward Waite has not played at senior level since their Round 7 loss to St Kilda, but Ratten was impressed by his return in the VFL last week.

"Just watching the Northern Blues last weekend, to see him patrolling that forward line and the way he moves, and it just gives you a lot of hope because he's such an influential player on the team, and the way they go about it just helps us become more potent up forward," he said.

"He's a terrific player, and we've got to get him out there."

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