ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5: Mitch McGovern of the Crows celebrates a goal during the 2018 AFL round seven match between the Adelaide Crows and the Carlton Blues at Adelaide Oval on May 5, 2018 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by James Elsby/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Carlton have landed Adelaide forward Mitch McGovern in a three-team trade, with Sydney coming in to help the Blues add the 23-year-old forward.

The Blues will receive McGovern, while sending picks 26 and 28 to the Swans, in exchange for pick 13.

Carlton will then on-trade pick 13 and the rights to state league prospect Shane McAdam to the Crows.

The Blues will also send a future fifth round selection to the Crows, while Adelaide have attached a future third round pick to Carlton.

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The Swans aren’t just in the deal to help the Blues, with picks 26 and 28 to help them land academy prospect Nick Blakey.

Adelaide also sends pick 40 to Sydney.

“As a highly regarded player who was still under contract at the Crows, we were fully aware it was going to take a lot of negotiating to get the deal done, so we’re delighted to come away with this result and appreciate Adelaide and Sydney’s cooperation throughout the process,” Carlton’s GM of List Management and Strategy Stephen Silvagni told carltonfc.com.au.

“Mitch has been a terrific player for the Crows over the past three seasons and we believe he’ll strengthen our forward line and add another layer of depth to our emerging list as we head into the next phase of our development.

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“He’s got a great pair of hands and we’ve all seen how accurate he is in front of goal, so we’re excited to see what he can produce alongside our young forwards that we’ve drafted in Charlie Curnow, Harry McKay and Tom De Koning.

“After going to the draft for the past three years, we’ve been vocal about our need to start recruiting players within that 23- to 27-year age bracket and Mitch fits that profile. At 23 years old, he’s got a lot of footy in front of him and we hope he’ll be a long-term player for our club.”

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