Young midfielder Adam Cerra is likely to play for Carlton next year after telling Fremantle he wants to be traded back to his home state of Victoria.
Cerra, the No.5 pick in the 2017 AFL draft, has been weighing up his future for most of this season before officially informing the Dockers he wants out.
The 21-year-old has barely missed a match since arriving at Fremantle, making 76 appearances and finishing third in the club’s best-and-fairest last season.
“Since his arrival in 2017, Adam Cerra has been everything we hoped we would get from a number five selection in the draft, which only highlights our disappointment in his decision,” Dockers football manager Peter Bell said.
“Our disappointment comes with the understanding that Adam is making this request purely based on his desire to be closer to his family and friends, something that has been especially difficult for our interstate players in the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Since 2017, we have invested a lot into Adam both on and off the field, and we are proud of the person he is and the footballer he is.
“It’s easy to forget that he is only 21, with many years ahead until he reaches the peak of his abilities.”
Multiple media reports have linked Cerra with a move to under-fire Carlton, who are yet to decide on the future of coach David Teague.
Fremantle would request the Blues to give up multiple assets for Cerra, who has been a key part of the Dockers’ rebuild under coach Justin Longmuir.