George Hewett will officially join Carlton after the Swans decided not to match the Blues’ offer on Saturday afternoon.
Carlton filed paperwork Friday night to make an offer to Hewett, 25, as a restricted free agent, giving the Swans three days to decide whether or not to match the offer.
The Sydney Swans have chosen not to match the offer and George Hewett can now join Carlton immediately. The Sydney Swans will receive a compensation selection at the end of the second round.
— AFL House (@AFL_House) October 2, 2021
Had Sydney matched the offer, the clubs would have been forced to work out a swap, but their decision to not mean Hewett would be free to walk into his new home.
The Blues turned to Hewett to bolster their defensive midfield stocks after being criticized over the course of the year for lacking that division.
In exchange for not agreeing to the deal, Sydney will be given an end to the selection of second-round compensation in the AFL draw.
Hewett is the third step after the official opening of the free period on Friday morning, joining Mabior Chol at the Suns and Jake Kelly at Essendon as the other deals made.
The 25-year-old averaged 18 disposals and two clears per game for the Swans in 2021, often playing a tagging role that ignored the opposition’s best midfielder.