Adam Cerra has swapped his colours from purple to Navy Blue. Image: AFL Photos/ Jacquline Guldon

It was a birthday wake-up call to savour for Adam Cerra as his wish to be traded home came to fruition, landing at Carlton on Thursday.

It was an earlier wake-up call than anticipated for Adam Cerra on the morning of his 22nd birthday. But it was a phone call from his manager Robbie D’Orazio that would have started his newest lap around the sun on a perfect note.

Adam Cerra, still in Perth currently, had his wish granted with a trade between Fremantle and Carlton finalised this morning which saw the Blues hand over its prized pick 6 in this year’s draft and a future third-round draft selection in exchange for the young star.

Speaking to the media for the first time as a Carlton player, Cerra expressed “relief” and “excitement” as the deal went through that would see him be closer to his partner and family in Melbourne.

“It feels a bit surreal at the moment, to be wearing the navy polo but I’m very excited, very relieved that it’s happened, especially in the first week of the trade period and I can look forward to getting over there, getting to meet everyone and being apart of it,” he said.

Adam Cerra in his new colours. Image: carltonfc.com.au

Cerra thanked the Fremantle Football Club, where he played 76 games over the past 4 years, saying he leaves on good terms with coach Justin Longmuir and fellow teammates and staff, maintaining that the move and request to come back to Victoria was family driven.

“It’s well noted I have a strong connection with my family and my partner and her family as well.

“I’ve given everything I can whilst I’ve been here [at the Fremantle Dockers] the last 4 years, I didn’t want to leave a stone unturned.

“For me, it was the right time to get back and be with family and for my partner to be with her family as well.

“Carlton is also a great club and it all just fitted in well.”

Cerra will join a growing midfield core under new coach Michael Voss, linking up with stars Patrick Cripps and Sam Walsh, along with fellow recruit George Hewett, beefing up the Blues engine room. Cerra had spoken to Voss in recent days and weeks and was excited to play a role under the new coach in an exciting group.

“I’ve spoken to ‘Vossy’ a couple of times now – I spoke with him this morning and he’s just as excited as I am cos he’s got a new role as well and… It’s all looking very exciting.

“We spoke about the midfield role that I’ll play in the team, bring my inside and outside abilities and strengths to the table to really help complement the star players they’ve got in Walsh and Cripps.

“I’m just going to do everything that I possibly can to help them both on field and off the field to build a successful club.”

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Cerra spoke of his coffee meeting with his new captain and teammate Patrick Cripps in Perth last week that locked in the move to Princes Park. Cripps, who is at home in Perth over the off-season was happy to meet the man who would come in and ride shotgun with him and his teammates in the midfield.

“I wouldn’t say it was a sales pitch. I was picking his [Cripps’] brain on, obviously, a lot about the playing group. Obviously, he is a popular character in there, he is their skipper. I was amazed at his balance of being a mate with the boys but also that leader in that formal role at the club,” Cerra said.

“He had nothing but good things to see about the club. They are a very tight group. He was really excited about all the changes the club [has made]. He made me really want to be a part of that. It probably eased my decision a lot.

“He has been a massive support for me over the last few weeks.”

It’s been a busy day for the Blues at the trade table. Along with Cerra, Carlton also secured the services of key defender Lewis Young from the Western Bulldogs. Midfielder Sam Petrevski-Seton was traded to the West Coast Eagles as part of the deal to bring Young to Ikon Park.

The Blues are intent on getting back into the first round of this year’s draft and have started canvassing offers for their 2022 first-round selection.

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