Carlton secure Adam Cerra in trade with Fremantle

Carlton have made a huge sacrifice but ultimately landed wantaway Fremantle midfielder Adam Cerra.

Cerra has linked with the Blues on his birthday in exchange for 2021 draft pick No.6 and a future third-round selection.

The 22-year-old wanted to move home to Victoria to be closer to his family after spending four seasons with the Dockers.

The deal has left Fremantle with picks six and eight in November’s national draft, as well as picks 19 and 22.

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Blues head of list management Nick Austin said the attainment of Cerra was a major coup.

“We’ve had the clear intention this off-season to improve our midfield group and, with Adam, we’re welcoming a real classy on-baller whose best football is still to come,” Austin said in a Carlton statement.

“He’s rarely missed a game at senior level since stepping into the AFL environment as an 18-year-old. He knows where to run to get the footy and when he gets it good things happen.

“We were really keen to bring him to our football club for everything he brings to the table. He sees the game really well, he’s a student of the game and he has a real drive within himself to continue to get better.

“An exciting thing with Adam is that he has only just turned 22 today, so we’re excited to see what he is going to do in the navy blue for the next 10 years, and we’re sure our fans are going to love what he brings to the table.”

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