Top AFL draft pick Jacob Weitering is on track to make his debut for Carlton when the Blues take on Richmond in the opening round of the season.
Weitering is progressing well through his first AFL pre-season campaign and is hopeful of slotting into Carlton’s back six from the outset.
“Definitely – it’s every draftee’s goal to play round one,” Weitering said from the AFL Players Association draftee induction camp on Monday.
“On a Thursday night, first round against Richmond at the MCG … but you’ve just got to focus on playing your role for the team.
“(The draftees) have been chucked into a lot of things – we’re doing close to full load – and there’s been very few niggles and injuries.
“For me it’s just about staying on the track. We just heard (Melbourne’s) Christian Petracca and Angus Brayshaw talk to us and they had two contrasting starts to an AFL career – Christian went down with a knee and Angus played 21 games.
“It’s just about keeping the body fit and the mind on the task.”
The 195cm-key position prospect is keen to develop his game at both ends of the ground but expects to start down back after spending the summer working with veteran backs Michael Jamison, Simon White and Sam Rowe.
Weitering joins fellow first-overall draft picks Marc Murphy, Bryce Gibbs and Matthew Kreuzer at Carlton.
“There’s plenty of wisdom and knowledge to gather from those guys, but I don’t focus on where I was picked,” he said.
“I don’t think any of the draftees do at Carlton.
“We’re on a clean slate, we’re on an even playing field now, and we’ve just got to worry about competing.”
The AFLPA induction camp runs for two days and guides the 110 new players selected by clubs at last year’s national and rookie drafts through issues like career development, illicit drugs, match fixing and anti-doping.