Jake Bradley, the son of Carlton record games holder Craig, will be wearing the navy blue this year after signing with the Northern Blues today.
Bradley trained with the Blues’ development team in 2016, as well as the Northern Knights in the TAC Cup, where he averaged 17 disposals.
Craig Bradley played 375 games for the Blues in a career that spanned three decades. He played until he was 38-year-old.
Northern Blues GM Garry O’Sullivan said Bradley shares many attributes with his father.
“It goes without saying about the name at the Carlton Football Club: he’ll play under our banner and we’re delighted to have young Jake,” O’Sullivan said.
“He’s certainly got his dad’s running attributes, he’s still developing but we feel he’s certainly got the attributes and the mindset to soak everything in that’s going on.
“He’ll add to our group and has really shown a great desire to learn under Josh Fraser and the rest of the coaching staff.”
O’Sullivan said Jake – who was a 19-year-old at the Knights last year – competes well with the experienced players.
“He was nearly going to come to us last year but because of the pressures of Year 12, the decision was made that he’d continue with the Knights where he played some consistent footy there,” O’Sullivan said.
“He’s been holding his own against guys on the training track that are a little older and more-experienced. He’s settled in really well, a lot of the boys know him already and we’re looking forward to seeing what he can offer.”