JESSE Glass-McCasker will return to IKON Park.

A former rookie for the AFL side, the versatile key position player has signed on with the Carlton Reserves for season 2022.

Glass-McCasker was on the Carlton list from 2016-2018, after being selected with the opening pick in the rookie draft.

Striking up a strong friendship with fellow 2015 draftee Jacob Weitering, Glass-McCasker has since played for boyhood club Swan Districts (2019) in the WAFL before impressing with Footscray (2021) in the VFL.

Breaking through as a key defender, Glass-McCasker has spent time in the forward line and - particularly for the Bulldogs - had stints in the ruck.

He played every game for the undefeated Bulldogs, averaging 10 disposals and 14 hitouts while also proving to be a valuable scoring outlet (seven goals).

Now back in the Navy Blue at IKON Park, VFL Senior Coach Daniel O’Keefe said a player of Glass-McCasker’s experience and skillset was exactly what the Blues were after.

“We’re thrilled to be able to welcome Jesse to our Carlton Reserves program for season 2022,” O’Keefe said.

“He’s someone who knows the Club after his three years here at IKON Park, and he brings great experience with nearly 50 VFL games under his belt for a couple of clubs.

“The beauty with Jesse is that we’re bringing in someone who can easily play three roles for us. He’s a great size at 196 centimetres and he has played in just about every key position possible on the ground.

“Primarily, we’ve brought Jesse in as a forward. We love what he brings in the front half, particularly in the air.

“A key focus for us was bringing in more height and Jesse brings that in every line. We’re delighted to have him back in Navy Blue and we can’t wait to see what he brings to our team.”