George Hewett is officially a Carlton player after Sydney elected not to match Blues’ offer for the restricted free agent.
The 25-year-old will now continue his 120 game career in the navy blue after accepting a four year deal worth a reported $450,000 per season.
Hewett said the opportunity to start afresh with a promising group of players was his main motivation for making the switch to Princess Park.
“They’ve obviously got a very good list, and that was the main one,” Hewett said.
“I’m excited to come here, the players have been very welcoming, [and] I’m stoked to start a new journey at Carlton.”
With CEO Cain Liddle, coach David Teague, and assistants Dale Amos, Brent Stanton, and Cameron Bruce all departing in the off-season, there has been much upheaval at Carlton during the off-season so far.
Hewett said the unrest did not impact his decision to come to the club and get to work under new coach Michael Voss.
“To be honest, not at all, you look at their list, and there’s so much talent,” he said.
“I think it’s very, very exciting to be honest with you, and that’s how I’ve looked at it, and that’s what I thought was so good about it as well.”
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Midfield duo Patrick Cripps and Sam Walsh are two players Hewett named as new teammates he is looking forward to playing alongside in navy blue.
“It’ll be good to learn off and compete against Patrick, and Sam Walsh, they are two of the top players in the competition, that are elite at what they do,” he said.
“It’ll be good to compete against them, and hopefully we can set a high standard.”
Hewett will be under new Carlton coach Michael Voss, and he believes Voss’s achievements as a player for Brisbane will set him up well as coach of the Blues.
“Obviously he’s done what he’s done as a player and captained three premierships, so I think he’s just got that aura – he has your respect because he’s been there, done that,” he said.
“I think we’re looking forward to next year, and the challenge of what he’s going to bring to the group.”
In the coming months, Hewett will make the move down to Melbourne to join his new teammates.
“I’m looking forward to it, it should be good, Just training hard with the boys, and hopefully we can go alright.”
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