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Blues likely to move first-round pick to long-term injury list, open up list spot


Carlton is expected to open up a spot on their list, allowing them to add a player before the supplemental selection period deadline on March 15.

They will likely do this by moving first-round pick Brodie Kemp to their long-term injury list.

Kemp tore his ACL in July of 2019 and was always expected to be on the sidelines for the majority of his debut season.

Carlton Director of High Performance Andrew Russell said they would put Kemp through the same program as captain Sam Docherty, who has torn his ACL twice.

“Brodie’s doing a strength program. It’s slow going at this stage as with an ACL,” Russell told the Carlton website two weeks ago.

“He’s where we thought he was going to be. We’ve got him back running again and he’ll progress, and he’ll go back into a similar program to Sam Docherty. Whether he plays this year I don’t know.”

Delisted Western Bulldogs forward Lukas Webb has been training with the Blues since before the draft and is the frontrunner for the vacant spot.

He played 24 career games for the Dogs, dealing with multiple serious injuries, including a fractured neck in 2018 and a broken leg last year.

The Blues had great success with the pre-season supplemental selection period last year, picking up Michael Gibbons who went on to play 21 games and the versatile Matthew Cottrell who is impressing many at the Blues in his second year with the club.

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