PERTH, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 02: Jesse Motlop of the Bulldogs in action during the 2021 WAFL Grand Final match between the Subiaco Lions and South Fremantle Bulldogs at Optus Stadium on October 02, 2021 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Despite not entering the 2021 AFL National Draft until Pick 27, the Blues were left ecstatic with the acquisition of South Fremantle teenager Jesse Motlop on Thursday night.

Having identified the need for further depth in their small forward stocks, Carlton list manager Nick Austin would have been licking his lips to see Motlop's name remain on the board when the Blues were finally on the clock.

The son of former North Melbourne and Port Adelaide star Daniel, Jesse Motlop is sure to add plenty of edge to Michael Voss' squad as he begins to cut his teeth in the AFL.

A speedy, smart and mercurial forward that impressed in the WAFL this year, Motlop could be an immediate contender for Round 1 next year as the Blues embark on a new journey under Voss.

For Austin, the prospect of having Motlop pull on the navy blue in the next 12 months is one to excite both the club and their fans.

“We couldn’t be happier to be welcoming Jesse to our football club,” he said in a club statement.

“Like his dad, he’s the kind of player that can produce something which turns a game in an instant and light up the fans: whether it’s sidestepping an opponent, kicking the goal himself or setting up a teammate.

“He just turned 18 a few days ago, so playing the entire year in the WAFL as a 17-year-old and producing what he did against more senior bodies will hold him in good stead next season.

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“He’s dynamic, he’s creative and as the old cliche goes, he doesn’t need to have 20 possessions to make an impact. He can play higher up the ground as well, but it’s in front of goal where he’s at his most dangerous.

“We’re thrilled to have Jesse in Navy Blue and can’t wait to welcome him to our football club.”

Motlop was ineligible to join either the Kangaroos or Power as his dad didn't reach the 100-game milestone at either club.

Across his eight games for the Sharks' senior side this year, Jesse booted nine goals and averaged over eight disposals as South Fremantle managed a Grand Final finish.

Motlop was the only player the Blues selected throughout the entire 2021 National Draft, trading and passing their later selections.

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