AFL NAB Challenge: Blues recruit Andrejs Everitt proves a prize late pick-up

VERSATILE tall Andrejs Everitt repaid Carlton's faith in securing him as in the dying moments of trade week.

The tall recruit had a booming first half, booting three goals from 10 touches, then cleanly swapped down back in a strong defensive performance in last night's seven-point NAB Challenge win against North Melbourne at Eureka Stadium.

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse said Everitt was the sort of player that just gets on with what he had to do - and as it turned out, the result was pretty good.

"He had a good game and fitted in very well with the football club, the boys like him," Malthouse said.

"He's a pretty quiet type, who's made friends, and I think (today) the best thing that's come out of it for him is how he played a multi-position, multi-roles, and the boys acknowledge that."

This is Everitt's third club. He played 79 games with Western Bulldogs and Sydney Swans in seven seasons, including 20 matches with three finals for the Swans in 2013.

Fellow new Blue Cameron Wood, from Collingwood, fit in well in the ruck alongside Robbie Warnock and will feel the pressure with Matthew Kreuzer still easing his way back into the line-up.

North Melbourne headline recruit Nick Dal Santo worked relentlessly in his new colours.

Dal Santo chalked up 27 touches, including 15 in the second half, adapting to any role Roos' coach Brad Scott called on him - including a few roles Scott invented as the game wore on.

"Dal did a bit of everything. Boomer (Brent Harvey) did a bit of everything," Scott said.

"That's one thing we really like about Nick is that he can play a lot of positions and play wherever needed."

Highly-touted father-son recruit Luke McDonald starred through the Kangaroos' midfield, reinforcing his bid for what Scott said was a realistic chance for round one selection.

McDonald had 22 touches in his first game.

"He doesn't lack any confidence," Scott said.

"I'd much rather players who have great self-belief and Luke's got that.

"We have to keep working with him and he will know from match simulation stuff that it goes up another few notches from here.

"He's ticking every box we put in front of him. So as long as he keeps doing that, the future's bright for him."

The 19-year-old spent last season with the club's Victorian Football League partner Werribee and was taken as the Roos' first pick in last year's AFL national draft.

Ballarat hometown hero Drew Petrie played hard, booting 4.1 and taking six marks.

Blues recruit Andrejs Everitt stars

Blues recruit Andrejs Everitt stars

Scott said the Kangaroos philosophy was to approach NAB Challenge matches was for those players, fit and ready, to work hard now and ease off later in the pre-season.

The last thing the Kangaroos want is to be scrambling from round one.


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