Paddy McCarton’s hopes of a NFL comeback have met with success after Carleton ruled out recruiting the former St Kilda player
Blues roster head Nick Austin, on Thursday, the 24-year-old striker was no longer in their sight, while the club also ruled out trading Lochie O’Brien
O’Brien emerged as a commercial target for Collingwood as Pies sought to replace Jaidyn Stephenson, who appears likely to join North Melbourne
But Carleton says O’Brien, who has one year left on his contract, will not be heading to Collingwood.
“There is a lot of speculation I can definitively say that he will be a Carlton player in 2021,” Austin told Commerce Radio
The 21-year-old played 35 games in his first two years, but has only made one appearance this season, calling up bottom-ranked Adelaide in the penultimate round
Meanwhile, Carlton said they had already made up their minds about McCarton and did not reconsider their stance when young striker Charlie Cornrow went under the knife this week
McCartin suffered eight concussions on his first league assignment but then doctors allowed him to return
No. 20141 Overall Selection, who has scored 34 goals in 35 games for St Kilda, may now have one potential destination in the NFL.
Sydney Swans CEO Tom Harley confirmed this week that they had discussed a comeback with McCartin, whose younger brother Tom plays for the club.
The NFL still weighs list sizes for 2021, with the final number to help determine Buddy’s condition to return to his brother’s side
« He’d spent some time in Sydney probably six weeks ago now, and we’ve definitely had a discussion with Buddy – and we’re going a little bit over the list sites, » Harley told SEN
« It’s clear Tom, his brother, is playing here and we’ve been watching Buddy but there’s nothing else to update him at this point in time
Meanwhile, Carlton re-signed Eddie Bates for the 2021 season as the main goalkeeper aims to reach 350 matches.
Bates, who turned 34 this month, has scored 13 goals this year on his return to the Blues after six years in Adelaide
“I loved every minute I got home at the club this year, but it didn’t feel the same without all of our members and supporters,” he said
« I can’t wait to play against them and play with them again next season
« My first priority next year will be to play good football and do my best to help this club win matches and achieve the success that we have been working for. »
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