MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 21: Andrew Phillips of the Blues runs with the ball during a Carlton Blues AFL training session at Ikon Park on November 21, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Carlton has traded ruckman Andrew Phillips to Essendon, just minutes after landing Hawthorn tall Marc Pittonet.

Phillips' move to Essendon means the Blues and Bombers have signed off on a trade together for the first time in 16 years, as the Dons sent picks 57 and 70 to Carlton for the 28-year-old.

The Blues sent picks 61 and 72 back to Essendon for Phillips.

The ruckman played 16 games for the Blues in 2016, but has only played 11 games since.

"We’re pleased to welcome Andrew Phillips to the red and black family,” Essendon's General manager of list and recruiting Adrian Dodoro told

“We have been transparent about our desire to add another ruckman to our list, and Andrew is a talented tap ruckman.

“After nine years in the AFL system, he will also provide important experience and leadership, alongside Tom Bellchambers, for the development of Sam Draper.”

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