Former Adelaide Crows ruckman Sam Jacobs says small forward Eddie Betts “felt the pinch” during his final years at the club.
The 33-year-old fan-favourite returned to Carlton during the off-season after leaving the club at the end of 2013, signing a one-year deal.
Betts endured a torrid time since the 2017 Grand Final, kicking just 29 goals in 2018 before being dropped for the first time in his career towards the end of last season.
Jacobs credits the livewire forward as one of his good mates and said he was thrilled to see Betts return to the Blues after a difficult few seasons in Adelaide.
“I think he’s another guy who’s felt the pinch of the last couple of years,” he said on SEN Breakfast.
“I’m so happy for him that’s he’s back in Melbourne and back at Carlton. He loved Carlton – even he when he was at Adelaide and at his best, he still talked about his days there because he was so embraced by them.
“I’m very fortunate to have him as one of my close mates and I’m really excited for him to team up with David Teague.
“Especially with the likes of Kade Simpson and Marc Murphy who have played a lot of footy together but probably have a lot of success early days but (I reckon) they’re trending the right way now.
Tim Watson forecasted on *SEN Breakfast *that Betts would kick as many as 40 goals for Carlton in 2020.
Carlton open their Marsh Community Series campaign against Fremantle in Mandurah on February 29.
You can listen to Sam Jacobs' full interview on SEN Breakfast in the player below