AFL Trade Period: Can Petrevski-Seton rediscover his magic back home?

Sam Petrevski-Seton will add a new dimension to the Eagles (Image: Carlton Football Club)

Former pick 6, Sam Petrevski-Seton has sealed a move to his home state after the Blues accepted pick 52 in the 2021 AFL trade period.

The Halls Creek native has spent his five seasons in the AFL struggling to hold down a consistent role at Carlton. The dynamic midfielder will view his move home as an opportunity to hit the reset button on his career.

At 23 years of age, Petrevski-Seton has plenty of footy left in him as the Eagles will attempt to rediscover his potential.

Bring back the flare

The West Coast coaching staff will use this pre-season to evaluate how Petrevski-Seton will best suit their side. There will be hope, however, from both Petrevski-Seton and the coaches that he can add to their midfield mix.

In his draft year, scouts labelled Petrevski-Seton as midfielder/half-forward, although at Carlton, he became useful off half-back.

During his time at Carlton, Petrevski-Seton failed to nail down any role that was asked of him. An argument could be made that Petrevski-Seton wasn’t given a fair go in the Blues’ midfield.

With the rise of young gun Sam Walsh alongside skipper, Patrick Cripps, and veteran, Ed Curnow, it has always been difficult for Petrevski-Seton to crack back into their midfield.

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Sam Petrevski-Seton will aim to lock down a consistent role at the Eagles (Image: Carlton Football Club)

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What does Sam Petrevski-Seton bring to West Coast?

Petrevski-Seton is known for his explosive speed and evasiveness as well as his ability to hit a short target with either foot.

When thrown on ball, Petrevski-Seton is also capable of adding extra tackling and defensive pressure.

West Coast had a disappointing 2021 season and their midfielders held the bulk of the responsibility. Tim Kelly is yet to justify the expensive price the Eagles paid for him. Luke Shuey and Elliot Yeo have struggled with injuries and Andrew Gaff has been performing below his best.

The acquisition of Petrevski-Seton could see the Eagles become more experimental with their ball usage and create new tactical avenues.

The eagles could potentially see Petrevski-Seton as a long-term replacement to Luke Shuey if they’re able to get the best out of him.

With his overhead marking ability a strength, the Eagle’s could see Petrevski-Seton become a pivotal figure in the teams ball transition work from defense to forward.

His abilities allow him to take the ball from the defense and accurately hit the first pass that could break open the opposition’s defensive structures.

A move home could end up being exactly what Petrevski-Seton needs to reset and get back to playing his best footy. If Petrevski-Seton can get used effectively, trading pick 52 could prove to be a bargain in years to come.

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