Last Friday Carlton announced the acquisition of Jack Newnes. Signed as a delisted free agent, it might not be the highest profile move in the off-season. However it could prove a shrewd piece of business by the Blues.
The former Saint who had turned down a contract to remain at St Kilda during the season is confident he has plenty to offer Carlton and importantly believes the Blues list is in good shape moving forward.
St Kilda list boss James Gallagher full of praise for Newnes as he begins the next chapter of his footy career at Ikon Park.
“Jack has been an integral part of the Saints for the past eight years. He is a life member of the club, highly regarded by his teammates and coaches, and we wish him all the best for the future.”
Drafted with pick 37 in the 2011 draft the 26-year-old departs St Kilda after playing 155 games and kicking 55 goals.
The midfielder has played 20 games or more every year since 2014. He was a member of the leadership group for four seasons.
Statistically output was a little down for Newnes in 2019 averaging 17.4 disposals per match but a fresh start under David Teague may help Newnes rediscover his best form.
An elite runner who can get the ball and spend time on the wing and through midfield should be a welcome addition to the Blues in 2020.
Leadership and a local boy: Jack Newnes believes he’s got a lot to offer at Ikon Park.#BoundByBlue
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