AFL Rd 2 - GWS v North Melbourne
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 14: Jed Anderson of the Kangaroos looks to pass during the round 2 AFL match between the Greater Western Sydney Giants and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at GIANTS Stadium on June 14, 2020 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

With North Melbourne midfielder Jed Anderson currently out of contract, former Essendon star Matthew Lloyd believes Carlton should jump at the opportunity.

Lloyd told AFL Trade Radio that he believes Anderson would help to assist Carlton captain Patrick Cripps in the midfield, a role currently being filled by Ed Curnow.

Anderson averaged 21 disposals, five tackles, four clearances and 3.5 inside 50s per game this season in a career-best campaign.

And with Carlton looking to continue to beef up their  midfield, Lloyd believes Anderson could be their ideal target.

“I think Carlton should go for Jed Anderson from North Melbourne,” Lloyd said.

“He is as tough as nails and I heard he hasn’t got a contract yet, he’s just sorting through it.

“He is someone, he is an absolute bull, and in the right environment I think he could be the perfect fit for Carlton.

“While there’s so much uncertainty around who the coach is going to be, if I was a club out there, he’s someone who’s fantastic, you wouldn’t have to pay a heap for him, you could sell the direction of the club and where you’re heading, and he’d be a great asset for Patrick Cripps and Carlton.”

AFL Media reported around three weeks ago that the 26-year-old was close to signing a contract for 2021 and beyond, likely in a bid to get away from the drama at North Melbourne.

Already adding speed with the impending signings of GWS utility Zac Williams and Essendon defender Adam Saad, the Blues are also looking for grunt in their midfield.

Carlton are believed to have enough in the salary cap for a third star that doesn’t completely break the bank,.