28/02/2024

Blake Acres is the newest addition to Carlton. (Photo: AFL.com.au)

There’s been plenty of excitement at Ikon Park with the arrival of wingman Blake Acres.

After coming off a career-best season at the Dockers, Acres averaged 21.7 disposals per game playing on the wing.

Speaking to the media on Tuesday about his move to the navy blue, Acres said that he’s excited at the prospect to help the Blues make the finals.

“How they started the season so well, I suppose Freo started pretty similar to them. I think both of them were top two of the ladder at one stage, or right up there,” Acres said.

“I think the difference was that Freo was able to keep its continuity throughout the season and get back on board whereas Carlton just probably missed that little bit, probably had a few more injuries, lacked a little bit there at the end of the season.

“That’s great experience for the group, hopefully, I can add to that and take that next little step, I don’t think it’s much.

“Their best is clearly good enough so hopefully I can add a little bit there with my run and what I bring. We’re looking at finals next season.”

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After a successful 2022 campaign, Acres said he’ll be taking plenty of the knowledge he gained over the off-season and pre-season to take his game to the next level.

“I think it started with a really good preseason and offseason last year. I did a lot of work on my fitness and a few other things. Then on top of that JL [Justin Longmuir], the support he gave me and Josh Carr, I owe them a lot and am very thankful for how they got me going in my footy journey,” he said.

“I’ve learned a lot from those two guys especially and I’ll take that knowledge and I’ll put it into play this offseason and preseason. I don’t feel like I’ve got to add a lot more to my game, I’ll just bring what I bring.

“Hopefully I can bring that into the group at Carlton and get this team into the finals.”

While the move came about due to a low offer from the Dockers and there is no bad blood between Acres and the Dockers. The conversations with the likes of Michael Voss and Nick Austin about growing his career were positive.

“Freo has got to do their job as well and make sure they’re doing good by the players over there at the same time and obviously, they see me as a not a high end of theirs,” he said.

“I know they [Fremantle] wanted to keep me, I was keen to stay but at the same time, I had to do what’s best for me and where I’m at in my footy career and the conversations I had with Carlton were really positive. I felt like I could really grow my career there and keep building on the season I just had and hopefully, go to another level next year at the Blues.”

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