GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JULY 26: Jaeger O'Meara during a Gold Coast Suns AFL training session at Metricon Stadium on July 26, 2016 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Jason O'Brien/Getty Images)

Carlton enters the race for Jaeger O’Meara

Carlton has entered the race to sign Gold Coast midfielder Jaeger O’Meara.

The former rising star winner is reportedly being chased by several Victorian clubs, including Hawthorn and St Kilda, while Carlton CEO Stephen Trigg has confirmed that the Blues have also asked about the 22-year-old.

“We’ve spoken to his management, but there’s a lot of management that we’re speaking to at the moment just to test the water,” Trigg said on 3AW Radio.

“I think a lot of the competition will be looking at Jaeger and seeing whether he can get up and play for the rest of the year to see how that knee is going.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 04: Jaeger O'Meara of the Gold Coast Suns poses after winning the 2013 Ron Evans Medal NAB Rising Star Award as the best young player in the AFL at Crown Palladium on September 4, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – SEPTEMBER 04: Jaeger O’Meara of the Gold Coast Suns poses after winning the 2013 Ron Evans Medal NAB Rising Star Award as the best young player in the AFL at Crown Palladium on September 4, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

“Yes (we have spoken to his management), but that’s not in isolation.”

However, Trigg said that the club will not be offering up its first round draft pick in any trade deal.

“It’s unlikely that we would do anything to trade out our early picks and certainly our first-round pick while we’re on this mission at the moment,” he said.

“If we stick to that plan and we can develop that youth, particularly in a year or two where we might have created some space and banked some space, then we can go on a real adventure with some high-priced players.

“In terms of the principle, whatever we do, it will be young players so that we can build and develop them.

“We won’t overspend and trick ourselves that an overpriced player is going to get us to where we need to go to.

“We need to build and get those young blokes up to speed as quickly as we can. That means going young and trading, but not overdoing it.

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    • Hardly played a game for 2 years. Prior he played 2 full seasons without a miss. Averages over 21 touches, 6 tackles, 4 marks and .5 goals a game. That alone was when he was 19-20.

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