HERE'S everything you need to know about new Blue Will Setterfield, who has joined Carlton from Greater Western Sydney. The Club secured the talented youngster along with the Giants' pick No.71 in exchange for the Blues' pick No. 43 and a future second-round selection on the fifth day of the trade period.
Recruited from: Edithvale-Aspendale/Caulfield Grammar/Dandenong Stingrays/Greater Western Sydney
Draft history: Selected with pick No.5 in the 2016 AFL national draft (GWS Giants)
Debut: Round 18, 2017 v Richmond
Career games: 2
The highly touted Will Setterfield has made his way from GWS to pull on the navy blue in 2019, with the 20-year-old set to bolster the Blues' emerging midfield.
After joining the Giant’s academy at age 13, Setterfield was taken at pick No.5 by GWS in the 2016 draft. The 20-year-old provides a long-term option for Carlton’s developing outfit.
Despite having only two career games under his belt due to an unfortunate run with injuries, Setterfield has shown promise, averaging 25 disposals, 4.7 clearances and 7.6 tackles across seven NEAFL games in 2017.
After rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament during a practice match against the Swans this year, the GWS academy recruit - who bases his game on Western Bulldogs star Marcus Bontempelli - will be keen to get back to playing senior footy in 2019.
BEST AFL PERFORMANCE
Despite injuries limiting Setterfield to just two AFL games, the former Giant has already provided glimpses of what he's capable of at senior level. He amassed 12 disposals, three marks, six tackles and four contested possessions in his AFL debut against the Tigers, following up the effort with a classy performance against the Dockers the following week.
WHAT TO EXPECT
At 191cm, Setterfield adds another option to the Blues’ tall midfielders and is known for his classy ball use and strong decision-making under pressure. Expect to see the Caulfield Grammar alumnus excite the Carlton faithful as he develops alongside fellow youngsters Paddy Dow, Lochie O'Brien, Sam Petrevski-Seton and Zac Fisher in the Blues' engine room.
THEY SAID IT
“You’ve got an outside midfielder who can also go forward and be a hard match-up.”
“At his best, he could be a very exciting prospect for them (Blues).”
- Sandringham Dragons' Talent Manager Ryan O’Conner spoke with AFL Nation during the trade period.
“Blues fans, get excited. I coached against Setterfield in his first NEAFL game and he is a serious player, on the way to the 'Baggers.”
- Former Carlton player Matthew 'Skinny' Lappin tweeted after Setterfield nominated Carlton as his new destination.