MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 20: Jack Newnes of the Saints celebrates the win with fans during the round 5 AFL match between Melbourne and St Kilda at Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 20, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Carlton have announced the signing of delisted free agent Jack Newnes for the 2020 season.

Newnes, 26, played 155 games for the Saints, kicking 55 goals across his eight seasons with the club.

He was apart of the Saints’ leadership group for four years and will bring a wealth of experience and strong leadership skills to the Blues.

The wingman collected 20 or more disposals in each of the first 5 rounds playing through the midfield and managed to record over 400 metres gained in six of his 20 appearances in 2019.

Newnes has also shown that he is a durable player, playing 123 consecutive games across his eight seasons to tie the clubs record for the most consecutive games played.

Newnes said he could not wait for pre-season to begin in the navy blue.

“I am really excited, it has been a bit of a whirlwind the last couple of months but I’m glad the decision has been made. I am rapt to start and get to know everyone,” Newnes told the club website.

“I think there are a lot of young players here and I’ve got a lot of experience so hopefully I’ll be sharing a bit of knowledge about what it takes.

“I’ve got a lot of improvement in my game personally: I haven’t yet reached the highest level I can, so I am really excited to push myself and push the group as well.”

Carlton GM of List Management and Strategy Stephen Silvagni said the Blues were excited to add Newnes to an already exciting midfield group.

“Jack has been in the system for eight years, he is a mature body who has played over 150 games and we think he can strengthen our playing list,” Silvagni said. 

“He is an elite runner who will add another dynamic for us through the middle of the ground. 

“We are looking forward to seeing Jack hitting the ground running once he commences pre-season in November.”

The final delisted free agency period closes on November 22.