AFL Rd 2 - Fremantle v GWS
PERTH, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 28: Adam Cerra of the Dockers reacts after his team's win during the 2021 AFL Round 02 match between the Fremantle Dockers and the GWS Giants at Optus Stadium on March 28, 2021 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Carson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Adam Cerra has spoken about how coffee and a walk with Carlton co-captain Patrick Cripps helped ease his mind over his move to the Blues.

Cerra became a Carlton player on his 22nd birthday after the Blues parted ways with pick 6 and a future third-round selection.

Speaking to the media after the deal went through, Cerra detailed how his walk with Cripps before he nominated Carlton helped him make up his mind.

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The classy midfielder said that he was blown away by the way Cripps spoke about the club and how Cripps managed to be such a strong leader and "popular character".

“I wouldn’t say it was a sales pitch," Cerra said

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"I was picking his (Cripps’) brain on, obviously, a lot about the playing group. Obviously, he is a popular character in there, he is their skipper.

"I was amazed at his balance of being a mate with the boys but also that leader in that formal role at the club."

The former pick 5 went on to say that Cripps spoke glowingly about the tight-knit nature of the playing group which was of comfort to Cerra.

“He had nothing but good things to see about the club. They are a very tight group. He was really excited about all the changes the club (has made)," the new Blue recommenced.

"He made me really want to be a part of that. It probably eased my decision a lot. He has been a massive support for me over the last few weeks.”

The returning Victorian is the second of three recruits thus far for the Blues who have also landed free agent George Hewett from Sydney as well as Bulldogs intercept defender Lewis Young.

Young was acquired for pick 52, which the Blues originally received from West Coast for the departing Sam Petrevski-Seton.

Cerra said that the changes at Carlton following the independent review hadn't been a factor in his decision, with the club keeping him informed throughout the process.

He said that he had full confidence the Blues would make the right decisions and changes coming out of the review

"It wasn't (the wait on an official nomination) just on that, I backed in the club," said Cerra.

"They were keeping me well informed and going through the right processes to fill in the new roles and I had full confidence in them and backed them in to get the right people for the group.

"It wasn't going to drastically change my decision, I was very confident in what they were doing and they kept me really informed and across everything that was going on. I was very grateful for that and it made my decision even easier."