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Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has implored his players to set high goals and believe that anything is possible in his first year at the club.

The triple premiership coach will lead the Blues for the first time when they play Sydney and Greater Western Sydney in Sunday's NAB Cup in Blacktown.

Carlton missed the finals last year despite having high expectations at the start of the season.

Malthouse said he would use the NAB Cup to learn more about fringe players and he had made it clear that they all had an opportunity to impress him.

"You are constantly told there are limits," Malthouse said.

"Players in this competition, and I'll say here, appear to have had limits. I'm saying to these guys, there are no limits.

"Jump up and surprise us. Don't be hindered by expectations of the past. Who knows where that takes you."

Former captain Chris Judd won't play this weekend and Malthouse said other stars would be rested during the NAB Cup.

GWS selected No.1 draft pick Lachie Whitfield and Sydney chose WA youngsters Harry Marsh, Tom Mitchell and Jordan Lockyer.

Malthouse said the players were adjusting to a slightly different game plan, but he had avoided making too many changes.

He said it would be foolish to use the same game plan he devised to take Collingwood to the 2010 flag.

"The mistake you can make is say it worked at Collingwood. Let's bring it across in its entirety and play it," he said.

"The two sides are different in make-up so therefore you make alterations to suit the playing group. You'd be silly to just assume the two clubs are identical.

"We will make adjustments that will suit some players and other players will have to adjust to change their style marginally.

"By and large you work your game plan around the strengths of your team. We have certain strengths and we want to see them come to the fore."

Carlton still have to appoint a captain and Malthouse said all five members of the leadership group were strong contenders.

He warned that football ability wouldn't decide whether Marc Murphy, Kade Simpson, Andrew Carrazzo, Jarrad Waite or Nick Duigan got the job.

"Best players don't make the best captains," Malthouse said, adding that few would have expected Nick Maxwell to captain Collingwood.