Everitt kicks on with the Blues

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Carlton recruit Andrejs Everitt will put himself through an intensive kickboxing camp in Thailand before joining the Blues for pre-season training.

Everitt, 24, completed the same gruelling program last year and it helped provide the impetus for the former Bulldog and Swan to produce the best of his seven seasons at AFL level.

“I’ll do that again this year because I really enjoy my boxing and kickboxing. I’ll do that for a week and then relax for a few days before I come back and start training,” he told carltonfc.com.au.

The 79-gamer will also join his new teammates on their altitude training camp in Arizona in December.

Everitt is excited about providing greater flexibility to the Blues’ line-up with his ability to play almost anywhere on the field, and is hoping to form a strong partnership with fellow utility Andrew Walker.

“Initially I’d like to play that half-back/wing role, but I think I’m pretty versatile where I can go up forward if you need to. So that swing role, along with (Andrew) Walker as well, we can play that role together,” he said.

In a breakthrough season with the Swans, Everitt averaged 15 disposals in 20 games, including three finals.

He was a victim of the Swans’ salary-cap squeeze after the club landed Lance Franklin on the biggest contract in the game’s history.

Several clubs had shown interest in Everitt, but Blues coach Mick Malthouse travelled to Port Douglas, where Everitt was holidaying, for a pivotal meeting.

“I think the main thing was that Mick actually came up and saw me and sort of pleaded his case a little bit as to why I should be in the Carlton jumper. It really hit home that I want to come back and play in Melbourne, and this is the team for me,” Everitt said.

The brother of former St Kilda, Hawthorn and Swans ruckman Peter ‘Spida’ Everitt, he played 36 games in four seasons with the Bulldogs and 43 in three seasons with the Swans.

For: AFL.com