MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 28: Ben Crocker of the Magpies celebrates a goal during the 2016 AFL Round 23 match between the Hawthorn Hawks and the Collingwood Magpies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on August 28, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Former Magpie and Crow Ben Crocker has joined the Blues reserves side.

Carlton announced on Friday afternoon that the 23-year old has signed a contract with the club’s reserves for the 2021 season.

The forward has played 33 AFL games since making his AFL debut for Collingwood in 2016.

Crocker made seven senior appearances for Adelaide in his sole season at the club in 2020 before he was delisted at the end of the season.

Blues reserve coach Daniel O’Keefe said Crocker would be a valuable addition to the team.

“Ben is a talented footballer who has worked hard for everything he has achieved so far in his career, he is will set a great example for our playing group through his training standards as well as his character and energy,” O’Keefe told carltonfc.com.au.

“He has played at the elite level, can run through a number of positions and is motivated to continue to improve his game and take it to the next level, so he ticks every box in terms of the type of players we are looking to bring to the football club.

“Ben is the ninth player we’ve signed who has AFL or VFL experience. He will be part of the core group to help drive the standards we are looking to set, which we aim to result in bringing on-field success for us during the 2021 season.”

He becomes the 15th player to join Carlton’s new-look reserves side following the club’s split with the Northern Blues.