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Why Silvagni thinks Carlton is taking "a bit of a punt" on Williams


Former Carlton list manager Stephen Silvagni has spoken at length about the club’s pursuit of GWS Giants free agent Zac Williams.

Williams, 26, recently informed GWS of intention to leave and take up an offer to join the Blues.

Silvgani says Williams’ inclusion in David Teague’s side for next season is an exciting prospect, but added it was a “punt” to play him as an on-baller rather than in his customary role off half-back.

“They’re probably short in some speed and line-breaking ability,” he said on AFL Trade’s The Late Trade.

“I can understand why they went for someone like Adam Saad – I guess the punt is Zac Williams. I think he’s an outstanding half-back flanker and someone who can run and carry and distribute the ball.

“It’s a bit of a punt in terms of saying that he’s going to play midfield if that’s the case, you are taking a punt on putting him in the midfield when he hasn’t done it consistently.

“We have seen him (play midfield) in games, if there’s one concern there it’s his endurance but he has speed and a bit of spread and he can distribute the ball.”

Williams joined the recent player exodus at the Giants, which has seen the likes of Jeremy Cameron, Jackson Hateley, Jye Caldwell and Aiden Corr all depart the club.


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