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Nick Bowen, AFL.com.au  January 24, 2017 9:47 AM

Kerr realising dream Carlton Media spoke to Patrick Kerr as the boys continue their pre-season training

AFL.com.au's Nick Bowen takes a look at how the Blues' draftees are faring in their first pre-season:

Last year's No.6 draft pick Sam Petrevski-Seton has enjoyed an impressive summer. A smart player with good game sense, he has quickly picked up the Blues' game style, while his work ethic is also very good.

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No.6 draft pick Sam Petrevski-Seton has slotted in well at Ikon Park. (Photo: AFL Media) 

Fellow midfielder Zac Fisher, 175cm, is of slight build but hasn't held back in match practice. A true competitor, the West Australian puts his head over the ball, wins his own possessions and tackles with intent.

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Zac Fisher has attacked his first pre-season at Carlton with intent. (Photo: AFL Media)

Defender/wingman Tom Williamson has shown glimpses of line-breaking run and overhead strength, while key forward Pat Kerr is developing quickly enough to suggest he could have an impact later this season.

Rookie Kym Lebois has stood out with his defensive pressure and skill but, like all of the Blues' first-year players, has been working closely with development coach Andrew Walker to understand the lifestyle required of an AFL player.

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Kym Lebois on the track. (Photo: AFL Media)

Tall Harrison Macreadie has been training with Carlton's defenders and is learning the Blues' defensive systems, while former Fremantle backman Alex Silvagni has fitted in well at Ikon Park.

The Blues are excited by Cameron Polson's explosiveness, while re-drafted rookie Andrew Gallucci faces six to eight weeks on the sidelines after suffering a recurrence of the shoulder problems that derailed his 2016 season.

The standout: It will be another year of opportunity for Carlton's youngsters and no first-year player is better placed than Petrevski-Seton to break into the Blues' senior team early in 2017.