MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 04: Jacob Weitering of the Blues handballs whilst being tackled by Jimmy Webster of the Saints during the 2017 JLT Community Series AFL match between the Carlton Blues and the St Kilda Saints at Ikon Park on March 4, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Former No.1 draft pick Jacob Weitering caught the eye of Carlton fans in 2016 in the back line, slotting in with ease, with his poise and skill in defence.

However, Blues’ coach Brendon Bolton has flagged a move up forward for the youngster, who will aim to add another string to his bow this season.

“He will have exposures up forward this year,” Bolton said in a q and a on the AFL’s Facebook page.

“The long-term plan is to have him play at both ends.

“As he’s only in his second year, we need to be mindful of swapping and changing him around too much whilst he is learning his trade.”

Weitering played 20 games in his debut season, missing games in rounds seven and eight.

Bolton also flagged potential early season debuts for draftees Harrison McReadie, Sam Petrevski-Seton, Cameron Polson and Zac Fisher.

“Many of our first years have shown glimpses and in coming years we’ll be working hard to grow their bodies from boys to men,” Bolton said.

“Enjoyed Harrison McReadie’s game down back, Polson showed some dash and Petrevski-Seton and Fisher use the ball well. Hopefully we see them all throughout the year.”