LAUNCESTON, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 28: Matthew Kreuzer of the Blues Ben McEvoy of the Hawks compete for the ball during the round 6 AFL match between Hawthorn and Carlton at University of Tasmania Stadium on April 28, 2019 in Launceston, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Carlton ruckman Matthew Kreuzer is set to be rewarded for his strong 2019 campaign, with a new one-year deal to remain at the Blues.

The 30-year-old has managed just seven appearances so far this season, but his numbers of 13.1 disposals and 27.9 hitouts per game are strong, while he’s having career-best years with clearances (5.4 per game) and contested possessions (9.7).

According to the Herald Sun, Kreuzer’s new deal could land in the coming weeks, although given his injury history and age, it could be the beginning of one-year deals that see him through to the end of his career.

Kreuzer has played 180 games to date for the Blues, since joining the club with the first pick of the 2007 AFL Draft.

With the big Blue is looking to remain at his club, former Carlton ruckman Sam Jacobs could be on the move, with Reilly O’Brien locking down the number one spot at Adelaide this year.

O’Brien came in for the injured Jacobs in round three, and has played the last 11 games, even with Jacobs returning to full fitness in the SANFL a fortnight ago.

Jacobs, 31, may now have been overtaken by O’Brien, who wants to remain at the club following a breakout season.

That could force Jacobs to look elsewhere, as he enters free agency at the end of the season, with Essendon a potential destination after they missed out on Michael Knoll in the mid-season draft and the club in the market for another ruckman.