Crows trade Kerridge to the Blues

Here’s everything you need to know about new Blue Sam Kerridge, who has joined Carlton from Adelaide along with pick No.28 in exchange for Troy Menzel:

Age: 22
Height: 188cm
Weight: 86kg
Recruited from: Mildura (Vic)/Bendigo U18/Adelaide Crows
Draft history: Selected at pick No.27 by Adelaide in the 2011 National Draft
Debut: Round 3, 2012 v Hawthorn
Position: Midfielder
Career games: 27
Goals: 23

2015 season: After winning Adelaide’s 3km pre-season time trial, an early-season hamstring injury and Adelaide’s midfield depth limited Kerridge to just one senior game. In 12 SANFL games this year, the former Bendigo Pioneer was named in the Adelaide reserves team’s best players six times.

Best AFL performance: A clear standout was his 24-disposal and six-goal performance against North Melbourne in Round 9, 2013, which netted him two Brownlow votes and a Rising Star nomination. In just his seventh senior game, Kerridge was the catalyst for Adelaide’s 38-point turnaround to defeat the Kangaroos by a solitary point.

Sam Kerridge goes head-to-head with Gold Coast superstar Gary Ablett. (Photo: AFL Photos)

He said it: “I was lucky enough to have a mature body when I arrived here (Adelaide) but I work pretty hard too. I spend a lot of time in the gym and my aerobic ability is one of my strengths.”

– Kerridge speaking to The Advertiser in 2013.

What we can expect: Kerridge has elite aerobic capacity, strength and an instinctive goal sense in his arsenal. He has been used primarily as a run-with midfielder in his four seasons and is likely to fill the void left by the retirement of Carlton great Andrew Carrazzo.