DOB: 20 October 1980
From: Claremont/Fremantle/Claremont, Selection #56, 2002 Rookie Draft
Number: 41 2003-2008
Debuted with Claremont in 1999, and was added to the Fremantle rookie list a year later. Delisted after one season he continued playing with Claremont until the end of 2002. Coached by future Demon defensive coach Mark Riley, Melbourne added him to their rookie list at the end of 2002 on Riley's recommendation.
He had a torrid debut at Kardinia Park when Kent Kingsley won a game for the Cats off his own boot against him in the last quarter, and found it hard to cement a spot in the side. It was not until late 2005 that he finally put in a string of qualify performances, but at the end of that year he had surgery on his shoulder.
In and out of the side for his first two seasons, Carroll improved so much in 2006 that mid-way through the season he was being touted as a potential All-Australian full back. A nine goal haul on him by Daniel Bradshaw at the Gabba did him no favours and while his second half of the season wasn't as good as his first it was easily a career year for the often bizarrely haired defender.
During the 2007 off-season Carroll was involved in a pair of drunken fights with teammate Brock McLean during a European holiday. He was suspended for the first two NAB Cup games of the next year.
On thin ice with the Demons at the end of 2008 an 'incident' with his teammate Ben Holland during post season celebrations sealed his fate and he was delisted soon after. Holland suffered facial injuries after trying to put Carroll into a taxi, and though the club denied reports that he pushed or punched his teammate during the altercation it was clear that his time was up.
Despite a year left on his contract he was delisted. St. Kilda flirted with drafting him but ultimately passed and he returned to the WAFL.
In 2010 Carroll was charged with assault after an incident at a West Australian pub. During that year he played for St Kilda City in the Southern Football League
Carroll's brother Trent played 78 games for Fremantle and West Coast.
|Round 16, 2006||Melee||Not Guilty|
West Australian - 06/04/2010