Former Carlton forward Josh Deluca has vented his frustrations with the club after being delisted only six months into his time at Ikon Park.
Picked up out of Perth during the mid-season rookie draft, the Blues selected him with the first pick in the draft.
He would play the final six games of the season, mostly as a defensive forward and averaging 12 disposals per game.
Deluca said when he made the decision to move from Western Australia to Victoria to join Carlton, the club told him they would bring him back for 2020 to justify the big move.
“100% (I thought I’d have a list spot in 2020). I was pretty devastated and shocked because I thought I was in a better position than what I found out to be,” he told SEN Breakfast.
“I would have loved the opportunity to get a pre-season in and have a good crack at it next year, even if that was just a one-year contract.
“I was pretty flat to hear the news.
“I’m pretty sure we’d spoken about it earlier before getting drafted. It’s a big move (from Perth to Melbourne) and I’m not really keen on a six-month gig and they were pretty reassuring that it wouldn’t be.
“I was pretty flat to hear when that result came back and circumstances had changed.”
Carlton heavily targeted forwards in the trade period, landing Eddie Betts and Jack Martin, but Deluca doesn’t believe that alone was a good enough reason to delist him.
“I understood that (they added forwards to their list), but what I was thinking was along the lines that you would have had an idea that you would go for those players earlier in the season and I guess I couldn’t understand why I was picked up in the first place if that was the case,” he said.
Deluca added that he is leaning towards remaining in Victoria.
“I’m in the process of working out where I want to live. My girlfriend and I need to decide. We’re leaning towards Melbourne,” he said.
“Obviously I’ve got to work out where I’m going to play and where I’m going to work.
“I think I’m going to go to the VFL and I’m just looking at the different offers and going through the teams that are interested at the moment and I’ll make my decision some time soon.”