THE CARLTON Football Club can confirm Amelia Velardo is joining the Game Changers on a two-season contract.

The 20-year-old is an exciting prospect, playing primarily as a midfielder, with strong attributes around stoppages and movement around the ball.

Velardo has played a total of 11 games for Collingwood over two seasons and joins Carlton as part of a trade which sees Lauren Brazzale move to the Pies.

Carlton will also receive Collingwood’s Victorian pick No.39 (national selection pick No.73) in exchange for Victorian picks Nos.21 and 47 (national selection picks Nos.38 and 89).

Velardo is keen to join her new teammates for pre-season with Season 7 fast approaching.

“I am excited to be making the move to Carlton and I can’t wait to get started with the program,” she said.

“The Club has put a huge investment into the women’s program and facilities here are first class, which will create a great environment to work in and provide a lot of opportunities for further development.

“The Game Changers have such a significant tie with the history of the competition and I am grateful for the opportunity to play football with this great Club.”

Carlton General Manager of Women’s Football Brett Munro feels Velardo will blend in nicely with the Club’s current group of developing players.

“Amelia has shown great signs of raw talent in her first two seasons in AFLW and we believe our program will be beneficial in her continued development,” Munro said.

“We have a pool of young players making their way through the Club and it is a testament to our program that upcoming talent are choosing to hone their craft at Carlton.

“We must also thank Lauren Brazzale for her contributions over six seasons at Carlton as an inaugural Game Changer.

“She played 41 games for Carlton and has been a huge part of this Club since the beginning.

“Lauren made a great contribution on the field and is an even better person off it, and while it is disappointing to see her go, we wish her the best for the future.”