Carlton's ongoing recruitment of wantaway Giants has been a bit of a running gag across the past seven or so off-seasons, with incoming players leaving a splash of charcoal and orange on the CFC monogram.
Between 2014-2020, the Blues signed a dozen players from the AFL's youngest club, many of whom have departed Princes Park after short stints in navy blue.
Among the 12 players that have swapped Sydney's west for Princes Park, just four still ply their trade at the club, while fringe midfielder Will Setterfield has departed to join his third club in Essendon.
Pair Kristian Jaksch and Mark Whiley were the first to join the Blues, switching New South Wales for Victoria ahead of the 2015 season in a trade that saw Pick 7 land with the Giants, while the Blues also gained Pick 19.
Whiley was delisted by the end of his second season on Royal Parade after just nine AFL appearances with the club, while Jaksch lasted a further 12 months before facing the axe after adding seven games to his career.
Plowman is currently one of the four players that remain with Carlton, however, continues to fight for a spot in Michael Voss' backline after 124 games with the Victorian powerhouse.
Lamb left the Blues after 44 games with the club, being among their list changes at the end of 2018.
Phillips switched to Essendon after four years and 27 games with the Blues, while Sumner managed 20 games for Carlton in two seasons with the club.
Palmer, who was traded for Pick 135, managed just one game in his only year for the Blues, with his delisting bringing an end to his 123-game career.
Current backman Caleb Marchbank and former forward Jarrod Pickett also joined the Blues ahead of the 2017 season, with the Blues parting with a future first-round selection and two later picks for the pair and a future second-round selection.
While Marchbank is continuing to build on his career, which has faced a number of setbacks through injury, Pickett's time with the Blues was cut short.
The South Fremantle product parted ways with the Blues midway through the 2019 season, ending his 17-game career.
Matthew Kennedy would join the Blues in 2017 as another former first-round pick to leave the Giants, where the San Isidore product was positioned for just two seasons.
Prior to 2022, Kennedy had struggled to cement his place in Carlton's senior side, even being placed on a rookie deal for the 2021 season.
But after earning back some plaudits, Kennedy has added to a formidable engine room ensemble alongside Brownlow Medal winner Patrick Cripps, young star Sam Walsh and 2021 recruits George Hewett and Adam Cerra.
Kennedy played a career-high 17 games this year, averaging 24.47 disposals, 4.06 tackles, 4.59 clearances, 4.29 tackles and 11.06 contested possessions per game.
Another frustrating tenure with the Blues saw Setterfield seek a move to Tullamarine after facing limited opportunities in 2022.
The fourth and final Blue still with the club is Zac Williams, who has been the most high-profile Giant to make the switch to Royal Parade.
Williams joined Carlton at the end of the 2020 season on a six-year contract with a reported salary in the vicinity of $750,000 per season.
The Narrandera product has battled to secure the midfield presence many thought he would master by now, but the Blues' recruitment drives since adding Williams have forced the versatile ex-Giant to mostly feature at half-back.
Injuries have also hampered Willaims' opening 24 months at the Blues, having been limited to 23 games since joining the club.
Across the 12 GWS players that have turned to the Blues, the average games played from the list sits at 35.9 matches each.
Plowman is the only player to have managed 60 or more games, while seven have failed to reach 30 games.
Carlton's list of GWS recruits
|Player||Joined GWS||Games at GWS||Joined Carlton||Games at Carlton||Status|
|Liam Sumner||2011||12||2015||20||Delisted end of 2017|
|Andrew Phillips||2011||14||2015||27||Traded to Essendon end of 2019|
|Mark Whiley||2011||12||2014||9||Delisted end of 2016|
|Rhys Palmer||2011||69||2016||1||Delisted end of 2017|
|Lachie Plowman||2012||20||2015||124||Signed until the end of 2023|
|Kristian Jaksch||2012||7||2014||7||Delisted end of 2017|
|Zac Williams||2012||113||2020||23||Signed until the end of 2026|
|Jed Lamb||2013||10||2015||44||Delisted end of 2018|
|Caleb Marchbank||2014||7||2016||45||Signed until the end of 2023|
|Jarrod Pickett||2014||0||2016||17||Released from contract in 2019|
|Matt Kennedy||2015||19||2017||59||Signed until the end of 2025|
|Will Setterfield||2016||2||2018||55||Traded to Essendon end of 2022|