PROLIFIC on a wing, dependable across half-back or a threat in attack.
Performing something of a ‘Mr. Fix It’ role at St Kilda, Jack Newnes has shown what he’s capable of at AFL level.
He’ll be looking to bring his strengths on a consistent basis at his new home.
Newnes arrived at Ikon Park as a delisted free agent on November 1 after eight seasons at the Saints. Already, he’s up to 155 games at 26 years of age.
Since making his debut in 2012, Newnes was an ever-present at St Kilda, at one stage playing 123 consecutive games.
At his best, he’s proven that he’ll be a handy addition in Navy Blue — in whatever area of the ground he’s named.
A midfielder by trade, Newnes has had 25 or more disposals 33 times in his career: he eclipsed the 500-disposal mark in both the 2016 and 2017 seasons.
He’ll provide valuable experience in Carlton’s midfield, largely stationed across a wing. Formerly a member of St Kilda’s leadership group, Newnes averaged over 400 metres gained in those two seasons, showing his capability to run all day and get involved in both offence and defence.
When arriving at Ikon Park, Newnes outlined his willingness to play any role his new coaches see fit. That could very well be across half-back, where the Blues are also hoping to welcome back Sam Docherty and Tom Williamson.
Officially, the senior boys are due back next Monday.— Carlton FC (@CarltonFC) November 13, 2019
But Ikon Park was distinctly more crowded earlier today. #BoundByBlue
One of Newnes’ best performances of the 2019 season came against Hawthorn in Round 4. Collecting 26 disposals and a goal, Newnes was largely stationed across half-back: 17 of his 26 disposals came in his defensive half.
To round things off, Newnes has shown he’s capable of hitting the scoreboard when called upon in the forward half.
He made the transition to half-forward in the early stages of 2018 and was a regular contributor, kicking 18 goals from 15 games.
Clearly, his good is very good. And he’s more than comfortable in any area of the ground.
Newnes’ eyes will no doubt be on a full pre-season at Ikon Park: he could prove to be a very astute pick-up for the Blues in 2020 and beyond.