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SYDNEY chose not to match Carlton’s offer for restricted free agent George Hewett, meaning the Swan is now a Blue.
The AFL has confirmed that Sydney will receive a pick at the end of the second round (currently No. 39) as compensation.
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The Blues filed paperwork Friday afternoon for what is believed to be a four-year offer for the 25-year-old, with the Swans taking less than 24 hours of their three-day decision period to make the decision.
Hewett has played 120 games in the red and white since he was taken with pick No.32 in the 2013 NAB AFL Draft.
He was second in Sydney’s best and fairest in 2019, but was injured in 2020 and only made six appearances.
Although he only made his debut as a forward in 2016, Hewett has become a fixture on the senior squad, playing as a tapping, ball-winning midfielder and locked-down defender.
He played 21 games in 2021, including the final one-point elimination loss to Greater Western Sydney.
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Hewett – with young son Henry on his lap, already in a navy blue jersey – said Carlton was the only squad to envision a viable move, and he looked forward to reuniting with former Swans team-mate Nic Newman.
He said the turmoil of recent months – with a new president, CEO and senior coach in Michael Voss being appointed – had no bearing on his decision.
“Obviously they have a really good list, and that was kind of the most important thing” [reason]. I was excited to come here, the players were very welcoming. I’ve played with the Swans for eight years and I’m absolutely excited to start a new journey with Carlton,” said Hewett.
“[Voss has] he’s done what he’s done as a player, he’s captained three premierships, and he’s got that aura and your respect because he’s been there and done that, times three. I look forward to the challenge of what he will bring to the group.
“Sometimes the results are the results, but to be honest, (Carlton) was head over heels in most games, they lost the most by under 15 points, meaning they were up to the last quarter or 10 minutes in the quarter. match were…
“We know how good they are on offense, so maybe it’s just looking at the team defense, which is really fixable, and we’ll see how they do.”
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Carlton list manager Nick Austin said Hewett will bring smarts, strength and depth to the midfield.
“He has more than 100 games experience, he played in finals and performed well in them. He gives us a different view of our midfield group and we think he is someone our fans will really resonate with given his manic attack on football. “
It will be a new Carlton midfield next year, while the Blues are currently working to secure Docker Adam Cerra, who has nominated Ikon Park as his destination of choice.
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