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Pick 70: Ben Silvagni

Highlights | Ben Silvagni Take a look at what we can expect from draftee Ben Silvagni, who was selected with pick No.70 at the 2018 NAB AFL Draft.

Carlton has secured the talents of Ben Silvagni on the second day of the NAB AFL Draft via the father-son selection with pick No.70. 

With a last name that needs no introduction to Blues fans, the addition of Jacks younger brother Ben to the playing group will warm the hearts of the Carlton faithful.

Silvagni — like his father — possesses an ability to play at either end of the ground. He began the year in the forward line for the Oakleigh Chargers, before showing some solid form for Vic Metro down back in the Under-18 Championships.

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A serious thumb injury sustained at training limited the second half of Silvagnis draft year, with 196cm utility managing only three games for Vic Metro.

Silvagni’s most dominant performance this year came against the Northern Knights, where the Oakleigh Chargers product accumulated 23 disposals, 10 marks and kicked two goals.

It will no doubt be a source of excitement for Carlton members and supporters to see brothers Ben and Jack pull on the navy blue together and add another chapter to the Silvagni-Carlton story.

 

Carlton List Manager Mick Agresta said Silvagni was a great asset to the playing list.

“Ben’s got key position size and we think his ability to play either end of the ground is a real standout quality,” Agresta said.

“He’s got great hands and mobility for his size, and that versatility is a big asset. We know he’ll give his all for the jumper and hope he’ll be a great player for the club.”

Welcome, Ben! 

Position: Key Forward/Key Defender
DOB: 07.5.00
Height: 196cm
Weight: 86kg
Recruited from: Oakleigh Chargers (TAC Cup)/Vic Metro