George Hewett will call Carlton home in 2022 after Sydney decided not to match the Blues' free-agency offer.

The news of the shift was made official on Saturday afternoon, with AFL House issuing the following tweet on the South Australian's move south.

The 25-year-old played 120 games in a red and white guernsey after first debuting in 2014, but has become the first official casualty of the Swans' recent salary cap squeeze.

Though Carlton were not forced to part with any picks to secure Hewett given his restricted free-agent status, the Moore Park club will receive an end of round two compensation during this November's national draft.

This selection currently sits at pick 39 and will join the harbour city side's previous arsenal of picks 12, 31, 67, 85.

Across his 21 appearances in 2021, Hewett amassed averages of 17.9 disposals, 3.4 tackles and 3.4 clearances.

However, these means were raised to 22, five and four after trading the defensive 50 for the engine room from Round 15 until the season's cessation.

The quiet achiever also recorded 13 tackles in the Sydney's elimination final loss to the Giants.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JULY 18: George Hewett of the Swans is tackled by Josh Kelly of the GWS Giants during the round 18 AFL match between Greater Western Sydney Giants and Sydney Swans at Metricon Stadium on July 18, 2021 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Kelly Defina/Getty Images)

The North Adelaide product will now offer fellow new Blue Michael Voss another hardnosed pillar to deploy in his midfield next season as the 16-time premiers continue their strives towards a return to September.

If reports from The Herald Sun's Jon Ralph made last month are correct, Hewett is set to earn in the vicinity of $450,000 a season across the next four years at Princes Park.

The young father will join his new teammates when Voss' roster returns for pre-season in November.

 

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