New to Carlton in 2017
AFL Draft Selections:
#5 Sam Petrevski-Seton (Pick 6 AFL Draft)
The Blues took the gifted West Australian with their first pick in last year's NAB AFL Draft as they seek to add depth and speed to their midfield. Hailing from Halls Creek in far-north WA, he has spent the past four years in Perth going to school and developing his football skills with WAFL club Claremont. An exceptional user of the ball on either foot and good decision-maker, he can play at half-forward and has excellent goal-sense with a fierce desire to compete and tackle. Made the under-18 All-Australian team as a bottom-aged player in 2015.
#25 - Zac Fisher
Dimunitive West Australian midfielder in the mould of Western Bulldog Caleb Daniel. Starred in last year's NAB AFL Under-18 championships, winning WA's best player award and making the All-Australian team. Played 10 senior games with WAFL club Perth last season. Creative by hand in the midfield and a penetrating left-foot kick. Consistent ball-winner and good decision-maker who can also be used in attack. Distant cousin of Carlton fan favourite Dennis Armfield.
#26 - Harrison Macreadie
The former GWS Giants Academy player adds to the Blues' stocks of key defenders. Reads the play well and is athletic, excelling at running off half-back and finding a target. Has played predominantly in defence, but was used in the midfield in the NEAFL last season. Originally from Henty, NSW, he spent last year as a boarder at exclusive Sydney private boys school King's.
#29 - Cameron Polson
Speedster who appeals as a likely long-term prospect in the Blues' midfield or in attack. Captained Haileybury College and played mainly as a wingman for the Sandringham Dragons in the TAC Cup last year before his season was cut short by a shoulder injury. Has neat skills and can play as a small forward with his ability to apply pressure. Did a sub-3sec. 20m sprint at last year's draft combine.
#31 - Tom Williamson
Skilful medium defender/midfielder who can break games open with his speed. The former North Ballarat Rebel prides himself on his fitness and has excellent endurance, finishing first in the agility test and second in the 3km time trial at last year's draft combine. Wins plenty of the ball, has good awareness and footy smarts.
#36 - Patrick Kerr
Powerful key forward who is strong overhead, leads hard and has a physical presence inside 50. Showed great leadership qualities as the Oakleigh Chargers' vice-captain in the TAC Cup until being sidelined by a shoulder injury late last year. Has a close family association with the Club - his late grandfather Laurie is a Carlton Hall of Fame member who played 149 games between 1950-59 and grandmother Vivienne is the Blues' No.1 female ticket-holder. Viewed as a long-term prospect who could add bite to the Blues' attack.
Rookie Draft Selections:
#42 – Kym Lebois
Exciting small forward from SANFL club North Adelaide who is capable of playing on the wing or through the midfield. Renowned for his elite skills, speed and goal-sense, he has been a member of Port Adelaide's Aboriginal Academy.
#44 – Alex Silvagni
Experienced key defender who has been given an opportunity to extend his career after seven seasons with the Dockers. The second cousin of list manager Stephen Silvagni will provide handy back-up and add maturity to a young Blues backline.
Players Traded In:
#22 - Caleb Marchbank (Recruited from GWS)
The Blues are confident the key defender will provide a long-term boost to their backline. Nominated Carlton as his preferred new home before the trade period and the Blues got the deal done. Has reunited with list manager Stephen Silvagni, who chose the former Murray Bushranger at pick No.6 in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft. Known for his fierce attack on the ball and his versatility, Marchbank played seven games in two seasons with Greater Western Sydney and will be looking for more senior opportunities.
#33 - Jarrod Pickett (Recruited from GWS)
Picked up in the trade deal with another former Giant Caleb Marchbank last October, the No.4 pick in the 2014 NAB AFL Draft boasts explosive speed with a deft sidestep and a high leap. Can play as a small forward or in the midfield. Although yet to make his AFL debut, the West Australian made an instant impression in the NEAFL. In his first season in 2015, he played 17 games and booted 26 goals, but his 2016 season was ruined by a foot injury that sidelined him for six months. Related to former North Melbourne and Port Adelaide premiership player Byron Pickett.
#24 - Rhys Palmer (Recruited from GWS)
The 2008 NAB AFL Rising Star is at his third club after being traded for pick No.135 in last year's NAB AFL Draft, joining the long list of former Giants at Ikon Park. The hard-working left-footer made only 11 appearances in Greater Western Sydney's star-studded line-up last season, but returned for the preliminary final against the Western Bulldogs. Can play forward and push into the midfield. Has an excellent work ethic and appetite for the contest and will provide invaluable experience and leadership.
#16 - Billie Smedts (Recruited from Geelong)
Versatile midfielder looking for a fresh start after 38 games in five seasons with the Cats. Picked up by Carlton in exhange for Zach Tuohy and draft picks during the trade period last October, Smedts is agile, skilful and can play in various positions. A succession of injuries, including two broken legs, a broken collarbone and shoulder reconstruction, have stymied his progress in the past three seasons. Will provide the Blues with much-needed depth and experience.