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ANDREJS Everitt will be at Carlton next year after activating a contract trigger for a third season with the Blues.

The 26-year-old, who heads the club's goalkicking this season with 29 majors, was due to fall out of contract at the end of 2015.

But after playing every game so far this year and being a positive in a dark year for the Blues, the athletic forward has won an automatic extra season at the club in 2016.

"Andrejs has earned his contract extension and has built on his good form from last year, which saw him come equal seventh in our best and fairest," Blues football manager Andrew McKay told AFL.com.au.

"This year he's taken his game to another level and we've been really pleased with his output in what have been trying circumstances.

"Andrejs has also consistently provided an option for us up forward and his efforts have seen him emerge as our leading goalscorer this season."

This season has been Everitt's most consistent at the Blues and perhaps of his nine-year AFL career, after averaging 15 disposals and six marks a game in the struggling Blues line-up.

He is expected to feature highly in the club championship again as one of only four Blues – alongside Ed Curnow, Tom Bell and Zach Tuohy – to play every game this season.

The former Swan and Western Bulldog has kicked bags of three or more goals in four games, having only once kicked three majors in a game before this season.

He has played 117 matches across his career, including 38 of a possible 43 in his two seasons at Carlton.

Carlton looks set to be a major player in this year's exchange and draft period, with key defender Lachie Henderson having already departed the club and first-round pick Chris Yarran expected to be traded.

The club has been linked to emerging out-of-contract stars Adam Treloar and Jake Carlisle, but will also be keen to establish a strong hand of draft picks as it rebuilds its list under new coach Brendon Bolton.

The Blues hold pick No.2 – which should net them either key defender Jacob Weitering or key forward Josh Schache – and could land as many of four selections inside the opening 25 picks if active traders.

The club also has access to father-son pair Bailey Rice and Jack Silvagni, the son of list manager and club great Stephen.