Forgotten forward Orazio Fantasia has reportedly backtracked on a previous interstate move and is expected to shockingly join forces with a powerhouse Victorian club.
Fantasia, who was largely starved of senior playing opportunities during his time at Port Adelaide due to injury and form, was thought to be weighing up a one-year contract extension at Alberton.
A livewire around the big sticks, Fantasia was then slated to join the GWS Giants as a delisted free agency, having supposedly undergone a medical with the club.
However, the South Australian goalsneak has backflipped on his New South Wales move, and will reportedly join forces with former coach Michael Voss at Carlton.
Fantasia and Voss spent time together at Port Adelaide when Voss was an assistant under senior coach Ken Hinkley.
According to Seven reporter Mitch Cleary on Friday evening, Fantasia will sign a two-year deal with the Blues.
"Orazio Fantasia will join the Blues on a two-year deal, reuniting with coach Michael Voss, his old assistant at the Power," Cleary reported on Friday.
"While Fantasia's only played four games in the last two years through injury, the Blues see significant upside for a small forward who's just turned 28 (years old) and once kicked 39 goals in a season at Essendon."
It appears Fantasia sought the security the Blues were reportedly offering; a longer contract on the senior list instead of the rookie list.
"His future taking a twist in recent weeks, first talks of a one-year deal to potentially stay at the Power, Fantasia then had a medical with GWS, who were exploring a rookie contract, only then to be guaranteed two years on the senior list at the Blues, where he'll move as a delisted free agent," added Cleary.
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Fantasia burst onto the scene with the Bombers in the 2016-17 seasons, playing 19 and 20 senior games respectively, slotting a combined 68 majors across that pair of seasons.
While seemingly in search of greener pastures back home in South Australia, Fantasia managed just 19 total AFL games with the Power between 2021-23.
At face value, Carlton's recruitment of Fantasia suggests, to some extent, a lack of faith in the Blues' current crop of smaller forwards.
Fantasia will compete against the likes of crumbing forwards Corey Durdin, Jesse Motlop and Matthew Owies -- who was omitted for Carlton's preliminary final against the Brisbane Lions in September -- for a senior spot.
The 28-year-old, who has played 99 games to this point, will hope his second shot at a fresh start will be a more fruitful one.