Jack Martin has finally got his wish and will be making the move from the Gold Coast Suns to Carlton in 2020.
The Blues secured Martin during Friday’s pre-season draft after the Suns decided not to use a first round selection to keep him at the club against his wishes.
Suns General Manager List and Strategy, Craig Cameron, said the club had assessed all options available and made the best decision for the football club.
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“We made a decision that if the players we wanted to select in this year’s draft were available then we wouldn’t have a list spot available to secure Jack in the preseason draft,” Cameron said.
“We explored all the options available to us however in the end we made the decision to let Jack go in the best interests of the football club.
“Over the past 12 months an increasing majority of our playing group have bought into our new direction and want to be part of what we’re trying to build. For that to succeed we must harness the people that want to play their role in delivering on that.”
Martin, who was drafted to the Suns with pick No.1 in the 2012 mini draft, played 97 games and kicked 81 goals for the Suns across six seasons, with consecutive top three best and fairest finishes in 2016 and 2017.
Cameron wished Martin all the best for his future and thanked him for his contribution to the club over the past seven years.
“Jack has been with the club for seven years and made a great contribution both on and off the field. He is craving a change of scenery and on behalf of the club, we wish him and his partner Britt well and all the best in the future,” said Cameron.
Carlton General Manager of List Management and Strategy, Stephen Silvagni, said the Club was delighted to bring yet another talented player through the doors of Ikon Park.
“We are really happy to welcome Jack to our club, he has tremendous talent but more importantly a determination to make the most of that talent and be part of a successful side here at Carlton,” Silvagni said.
“He will strengthen our forward line and also has the ability to play through the midfield and down back which will be a real asset for us.
“At 24 years of age and with 97 games of AFL experience under his belt, bringing Jack to the football club perfectly aligns with the list management strategy we have committed to over the last few years.
“We believe Jack will be able to have an immediate impact at Ikon Park from day one of pre-season and we look forward to seeing him excite the Carlton faithful for many years to come.”