Club/Recruited from: Dandenong Stingrays
DOB: 16 June 2005
BILLY is a Blue.
Carlton has selected Billy Wilson with pick No.34 in the 2023 AFL Draft.
The Dromana local starred for the Dandenong Stingrays in 2023, earning selection with Vic Country where he forged a reputation for his leg speed and assured disposal by foot.
Starting the year across half-back, Wilson’s stocks grew over the course of the year as he transitioned into the midfield, impressive with his explosive acceleration and his ability to not only accumulate possessions, but find teammates accordingly.
Starring for the Stingrays by winning their best-and-fairest award, Wilson went onto earn Team of the Year selection in the Coates Talent League, and his impressive 2023 only got better from there.
Featuring at the Victorian state combine, Wilson tested strongly in the 20-metre sprint (2.94 seconds), standing vertical jump (75 cm) and running vertical jump (91cm), highlighting his athletic prowess to go with his natural footballing ability.
A versatile, unique prospect, Wilson has the capacity to fill a number of roles, and will get to work with his new teammates at IKON Park having now become a Blue.
Carlton Head of List Management Nick Austin said Wilson’s strengths provide plenty of cause for excitement.
“We love how Billy conducts himself both on and off the field, so we’re delighted that we’ve been able to welcome him to our football club via the draft,” Austin said.
“He’s a really damaging user of the football who has already shown at such a young age that he’s more than capable in a number of positions around the ground, whether that’s as an inside or outside midfielder as well as across half-back.
“His football went from strength to strength in 2023 in both the national carnival and the Coates Talent League, where he got better each week playing against the best young talent in the country.
“With Billy, we’re welcoming someone who’s got elite disposal and leg speed, which is something we targeted this off-season. We’re delighted to welcome him to the Club and we can’t wait to see what he can bring to the fold.”