Carlton coach Brendon Bolton sees no reason to hose down the hype around their No.1 AFL draft pick Jacob Weitering.
The 18-year-old is a certain selection for the Easter Thursday season-opening blockbuster against Richmond after another polished pre-season game on Friday night.
Weitering even spent some time on Lance Franklin during the third term of the 22-point loss and laid two spoils on the Sydney star.
“Our members should embrace that (hype about Weitering), not close it off,” Bolton said.
“Why do we not want to be excited about a young guy out of under 18s who’s doing OK?
“He’s a professional, he’ll learn to not let the noise distract him.
“He’s very focussed and determined to keep improving and if he’s in that mindset, that’s OK.”
While the rebuilding Blues are winless after three NAB Challenge games, there was a lot to like about Friday night’s hitout.
Sydney were tearing them apart in the second term, leading by 39 points, when the Blues suddenly rallied and turned the game into a solid contest.
“As a whole, we’re showing some improvement, there’s no doubt about that,” Bolton said.
Last year’s best-and-fairest winner Patrick Cripps had a game-high 16 contested possessions in less than three quarters for Carlton and Sam Kerridge kicked three goals.
Carlton’s turnovers cost them the game.
“I would have thought they would have kicked, I don’t know, maybe 50 points from turnovers,” Bolton said of the Swans.
“So we have to keep working on our ball movement and connection going forward.
“There were some pleasing signs, but it’s still not a four-quarter effort and we keep aiming to be a four-quarter team.
“It’s going to take some time, but there were parts of it we enjoyed.”