Trade/FA: Carlton need to fix their midfield issues and should use FA to do so.
- Andrew Gaff is the free agent dream, but has stated that playing for a flag contender will be front of mind. He's quick, skilful, and has added some more contested ball to his game this year, making him the biggest midfield fish in this years' FA crop.
- If Gaff doesn't make his was to Carlton, they should make a big play at the group of Bulldogs that are FAs, including Dahlhaus, Wallis and Tom Liberatore.
- The Blues shouldn’t really be using picks to get senior players unless they are guns, at least in the best 10 on their list. A Mitch McGovern type, or a very high quality mid would be the only type of player they should target with trade.
- Apparently North Melbourne have offered $5 million for 5 years of De Goey. If that's the going price, I'd say pass. If Carlton can somehow keep Pick 1, get De Goey, and keep his price below $4 million for 5 years then I say go for it.
- AFL website said target Miles, Dom Tyson, and Mitch Wallis. The idea is midfield depth, the result is a seriously one-paced midfield. Wallis is a free agent, and is the best of the this working class group. Miles will be the cheapest, and is better than most on Carlton's list.
Draft: Pick 1 and two middle 2nd round picks this year, and I have no idea what the Blues will do with them.
- Option 1: Draft Jack Lukosius, the elite tall prospect, then pick midfielders.
- Option 2: Draft Sam Walsh, the elite midfield leader, then pick midfielders (the Blues really need midfielders).
- Option 3: Trade down the order to a Pick between 4 - 8, getting some more draft picks in the door. Best case scenario here is Lynch leaves GCS, giving the Suns Picks 4 and 5. The Blues give Pick 1 and Adelaide's 2nd round pick (currently 26) (valued at 3950) for Picks 4, 5 (valued at 3912) and a sweetener (2019 3rd round pick). Walsh and Lukosius will both be gone, but three of Bailey Smith, Ben King, Max King, Izak Rankine, and Connor Rozee will be on the board, and all are top prospects. Smith and Rozee the best options for Carlton.
- Rookie options: Take a few mature aged rookie prospects to thicken the 23 yo - 27 yo age bracket. Any two of Kade Answerth, Tom Atkins, and Haiden Scholaithe, who are all dominant 2nd tier players, would provide real competition for spots. You hope that one of those players can be as good as Michael Barlow.
- The Blues need to have a good hard look at themselves at the end of this year. Anyone that's over 26 yo and isn't a part of your best 18 now or in two years, cut them. Time to move them on and turn over the list. There is still a lot of light at the end of the tunnel with the good core of young players.
- You are what you eat. Keep getting recycled players, and you'll be a recycled team. Trade for rubbish and you'll be rubbish. Maybe the Visy association eventually got to the Blues, but they need to break from that, clear out low potential players and list cloggers and start driving minimum acceptable standards and high performance. Blues management should engage Andy Meikle or someone similar.
- Time to stop recycling players. The Blues need to set high standards, and that means not allowing more list cloggers onto the list.