Blues' AFL great Silvagni happy to move on

Club legend Stephen Silvagni is confident Carlton can make an impact in the 2022 AFL season.
Club legend Stephen Silvagni is confident Carlton can make an impact in the 2022 AFL season.

Stephen Silvagni can't envisage returning to Carlton in a formal capacity but believes the AFL side are well placed to attack 2022 ahead of what looms as another busy trade period.

Silvagni, who played 312 games and won two premierships with the Blues, was appointed the club's list manager in 2014.

The former defender left Carlton five years later, having fallen out with then-chief executive Cain Liddle.

Silvagni, whose son Jack recently signed two-year contract extension with the Blues, has previously detailed deep disappointment that Carlton attributed his departure to "increasing complexity of having two sons on the playing list".

Liddle's tenure at Carlton ended earlier this month, with new president Luke Sayers quickly installing much-respected former Geelong chief executive Brian Cook as his successor.

Silvagni, asked if he would be open to returning to the Blues in the future, said: "I think I've moved on.

"I've had my day, it's time for someone else to do what they've got to do," he said at Wednesday's digital launch of AFL Trade Radio.

Michael Voss, who flew to Melbourne on Wednesday for a final job interview, is considered the frontrunner to be appointed Carlton's new coach.

The Blues, having signed high-profile recruits Zac Williams and Adam Saad after the 2020 season, look set to be active players in the post-season frenzy.

"They're reasonably well (placed)," Silvagni said of the Blues' list.

"I haven't been there for a couple of years. I saw a number of live games (in 2021) ... they're in reasonably good hands.

"They've made some changes and hopefully they pick a really good coach and get some really good support around him, and can kick on from there."

Restricted free agent George Hewett is expected to join Carlton, while the club is pursuing Fremantle star Adam Cerra.

Carlton midfielder Sam Petrevski-Seton, recruited with pick No.6 in the 2016 draft, has requested a trade to West Coast.

Silvagni questioned whether Hewett, who has performed tagging duties and a range of roles at Sydney, was "the type of player Carlton need".

Silvagni, who will serve as a pundit on AFL Trade Radio in coming weeks, added Petrevski-Seton's value was hard to assess.

"Because his ceiling is very, very high but he hasn't reached that," he said.

Australian Associated Press