Carlton legend and former roster boss Stephen Silvagni has questioned the club’s likely free agent signing of Sydney Swans player George Hewett.
Sun Herald Journalist Jon Ralph reported earlier this week that the Blues are “certain” to sign Hewett, 25, for four years worth up to $ 1.8 million.
But speaking on AFL Commercial Radio launch on Tuesday, Silvagni wasn’t sure Carlton needed to add another midfielder.
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“Is he the type of player Carlton needs?” I think they have players on the roster who can play that role, but obviously they’re looking for someone who can play the half-back and the scoring role, ”he said.
“I think he’s a good player and maybe in his best 23, but I think he’s the type of player you can develop on your roster.”
Since both players are primarily used as scorers, Silvagni then posed what the addition of Hewett meant for veteran midfielder Ed Curnow, who recently signed a one-year extension.
“The question is, what’s going on with Ed Curnow now and where are they playing him,” he said.
“It’s pretty much inside the tagging role he’s probably going to struggle halfway when he’s there, so it’s going to be an interesting mix.”
Another key part of the trade-in period will be Docker Adam Cerra, who last month requested to be traded in Victoria.
While Carlton is considered the frontrunner for his services, the Demons are also in the frame but lack their first-round pick, making it unlikely that they can close a deal.
Silvagni thinks the Blues should give up their first-round pick, the No.6 selection, in any profession.
“This first choice should be on the table. There is no doubt that Fremantle would want a few more, but in the end, if he chooses Carlton, they are in the dressing room.
Meanwhile, former Pick 6 Sam Petrevski-Seton has requested a West Coast trade after struggling for regular senior opportunities with the Blues in 2021, appearing in 13 games.
Silvagni, who recruited Petrevki-Seton from Carlton, said it was difficult to assess its business value given its untapped potential.
“I think at his best (Petrevski-Seton) is a very good player. He certainly hasn’t played at his best in the past 12-24 months. Who is responsible for this? Ultimately it’s the player, but I certainly think he was played out of position, ”said Silvagni.
“He was brought to the club as an attacking midfielder and he’s been playing halfway for 12 to 24 months. It doesn’t help.
“What is he worth? I do not know. It’s really difficult because his ceiling is very high, but he hasn’t reached it yet.
Silvagni added that it has been difficult for players like Petrevski-Seton, Paddy Dow and Will Setterfield to build consistency in their games due to the lack of regular midfield opportunities at Carlton.
He believes Dow in particular has been “a little bit rough,” saying the club haven’t been patient enough with its youngsters.
“They (Dow and Petrevski-Seton) have been inconsistent in the way they play and they have to take some responsibility for that, but I don’t think the patience has been there in the midfield where they ‘I have. were able to play games together.
“That’s the problem, I think, with these two players.”