Carlton are right in the premiership mix this year and could be one list piece away from going that extra step or two in the coming years.

Come the trade and free agency period, the Victorian powerhouse may look toward sharpening its spear and add medium or smaller-framed forwards who can support their threatening Coleman Medal-winning combination of Charlie Curnow and Harry McKay.

The Blues are also keen to add to their draft hand this year instead of moving on picks given their ties to father-son duo Lucas and Ben Camporeale, meaning free agents and cheaper trade deals will be preferred.

With a handful of suitable targets still without deals for next season, we've named five potential targets for Carlton to consider this off-season.



1. Bailey Banfield

Having previously been delisted by the Dockers, Banfield is eligible for free agency now that he's coming off-contract.

The prior list manoeuvre from Fremantle also means Banfield falls under the unrestricted band of free agency and would come at no cost to the Blues if a move was to arise.

The 26-year-old's value has risen over the course of the season as he enjoys a career-best campaign, having booted 14 goals and assisted a further six from his dozen appearances so far this year.

Bailey Banfield during the 2022 AFL Round 19 match between Richmond and Fremantle (Photo by Cameron Grimes / Zero Digital Media)

Standing at 190cm, the Western Australian would slot into a third tall forward role under Michael Voss, but would be needing to move away from his home state to join the Blues in the off-season.