Carlton list manager Nick Austin

After securing the services of wingman Blake Acres from Fremantle, Carlton are turning their attention to next month's National Draft.

The Blues haven't been seen to be key players in this off-season's proceedings, with Acres the only name on their hit-list while all but two of their senior list are re-signed for next season.

Fringe midfielder Will Setterfield is one of those two players and could find himself back at Princes Park next season should little external interest arise for his services, while Paddy Dow is also assessing his options for 2023.

While either of the midfield pair could depart in the next week, almost all of Carlton's trade and free agency business has been sorted - a contrasting player movement period than what we've seen from the Blues in recent years.

After adding Acres to their brimming midfield pack, Carlton list manager Nick Austin is now hopeful of strengthening his side's draft stance for 2022, potentially moving further up the order from their current first-round selection of Pick 10.

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That selection is understood to be on the table for the final week of the trade period, according to's Riley Beveridge.

The Blues also hold selections 29, 49, 66, 68 and 86 for this year's National Draft that could aid their chances of jumping the queue, but it looms likely their future picks could be on offer in a package with Pick 10.

"We'd like to improve our hand as much as we can. Obviously, with the futures market as well, the option is there to strengthen our hand this year if we feel there's an opportunity," Austin told Trade Radio. 

"We're pretty open. We've been open with all of the clubs that we've caught up with that our pick is on the table and we're keen to improve our hand as much as we feel is necessary and if the right player is there.

"We'll work through that, whether some things happen this week or not. I feel like on the night there will be some opportunities to do that."

West Coat's Pick 2 is said to be on offer for rival clubs should a suitable offer be tabled, however the Blues' pairing of Pick 10 and their future first-round pick is unlikely to be enough for the selection.

Port Adelaide are likely to part with Pick 8 as they look to secure wantaway Kangaroo Jason Horne-Francis, while the Suns' Pick 7 is expected to land with Geelong in a trade that will also see jack Bowes head to Kardinia Park.

North Melbourne's Jason Horne-Francis. Photo: Michael Willson, AFL PHOTOS

North Melbourne are now looking likely to hold Pick 1 given Horne-Francis' potential departure, while the Suns will secure Pick 5 in a trade with Adelaide for Izak Rankine.

It means GWS (Pick 3), Essendon (Pick 4), Hawthorn (Pick 6) and St Kilda (Pick 9) are Carlton's other options should they look to move up the draft order from their current place in the pecking order.