Markov, 26, saw his tenure at Carrara come to an end last year, delisted after 25 games on the Gold Coast. The moustachioed defender's stint in Queensland arrived after spending five years for 23 games at Tigerland between 2016 and 2020.
While Carlton fans will still be processing the news that Williams will miss the entirety of the 2023 season after rupturing his ACL on Saturday, the club's recruiters have moved swiftly, now poised to replace one tattooed speedster with another.
As first reported by Mark Stevens on RSN Breakfast, Markov's arrival at Princes Park now appears imminent, set to become a Blue by signing on as a delisted free agent
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Throughout his AFL career, Markov has earned a reputation as a reliable rebound option from defence, averaging 2.7 rebound 50s each week and just shy of 15 disposals.
Docherty has spent large portions of the pre-season training with Voss' midfield group, an elevation that arose after star ball-winner Sam Walsh was booked in for back surgery.
Walsh is not expected to return until the second month of the home-and-away season.
Blues skipper Patrick Cripps has backed Markov's ability amid the defender's rumoured move, but played a straight bat in his support of Carlton's list decisions.
"Obviously, he's been in the system for a few years, but that's not my role – I don't even know what the list management team is thinking of.
“What I will say is, the unfortunate part of footy is injuries, and what it can do is open up other spots for people, whether it's from the state league or a young player who's missed out on the draft.
“You never know what you can find out there, but there will be an opportunity there for someone, so I'm looking forward to them taking it with both hands and being part of our culture.”
Carlton will have until Wednesday, February 15 to sign Markov, with the pre-season supplemental selection period ending at the close of business.