MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 27: Carlton's number 17 pick Brodie Kemp (centre) poses with new teammates Patrick Cripps (left) and Sam Docherty (right) of the Blues during the 2019 NAB AFL Draft at Marvel Stadium on November 27, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Photos via Getty Images)

Uncapped Carlton teenager Brodie Kemp is eyeing an AFL debut in 2021 after a luckless start with the Blues due to ongoing injuries, per The Age’s Peter Ryan.

Kemp was drafted by Carlton with the 17th overall selection in the 2019 AFL Draft, with the club aware the versatile product was midway through recovering from a knee reconstruction.

The 19-year-old suffered an ACL injury in July last year, causing his draft stocks to slide, with the Blues able to select Kemp late into the first round of the draft.

Now fully recovered and buzzing to get taste of senior football, Kemp will return to training alongside his fellow Carlton neophytes next month in hope of an uninterrupted pre-season.

Carlton football manager Brad Lloyd confirmed Kemp’s scheduled return to training as first and fourth-year players prepare to hit the track.

Kemp was also kept on the sidelines in 2020 after sustaining a back complaint during his time in the club’s Queensland hub, offering his time as a runner for Carlton’s reserve side.

With key forward Charlie Curnow set to face a lengthy spell on the sidelines, Kemp might be primed to take on a more senior role in David Teague’s new look squad for 2021.

With the addition of Zac Williams, Adam Saad and Lachie Fogarty, the Blues have taken great steps in a return to the top eight next season.