CALLED UP: Jack Silvagni kicks the ball during a Carlton Blues AFL training session at Ikon Park.
CALLED UP: Jack Silvagni kicks the ball during a Carlton Blues AFL training session at Ikon Park. Michael Dodge

Silvagni selected on merit, not name

AFL: Teenager Jack Silvagni has not won his debut because of his famous name, says Carlton coach Brendon Bolton.

The 18-year-old is the son of Blues list manager and AFL Team of the Century full-back Stephen, and the grandson of club legend Sergio, but Bolton said the forward had earned his start against Collingwood tomorrow at the MCG because of his form in the VFL for the Northern Blues.

“He’s been hitting the scoreboard, and it’s an area we’d like to do more of at senior level,” Bolton said.

“When I first met all of the draft intake this year, I said ‘nothing will be given, you’re not entitled to anything’. He (Silvagni) earned his position.”

Bolton said Silvagni would hopefully help the Blues kick more goals.

They are ranked second-last in points per game, ahead of only Essendon.

Silvagni was drafted at No.53 last year as a father-son selection, after the Bombers had bid for him.


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