Richmond's Jack Graham could be playing elsewhere in 2021. Picture: Matt Roberts/Getty Images via AFL Photos

THERE is another suitor in the Jack Graham sweepstakes.

Essendon and Adelaide were linked to Graham in recent weeks, but can reveal Carlton is also monitoring the premiership Tiger.

The 22-year-old midfielder is shaping as an interesting name to follow ahead of this year's Telstra AFL Trade Period, which will run from November 4 to 12.

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Graham – who is out of contract at season's end – was dropped twice early in the season, but he's cranked up his numbers and influence since returning to Richmond's senior side in round 12.

He's averaging more than 18 disposals (9.5 contested) in his past four matches, to go with four tackles, four inside 50s and three clearances.


Part of Graham's appeal is he can play as an inside midfielder or on the wing, and he's also proven effective up forward in stints as well.

That may be why he's piqued the Blues' interest, as they seek more support and variety around superstar Patrick Cripps.

The South Australian had a quiet night against Carlton in round one this year, but two of his best games last season were against the Blues, including 23 possessions and four clearances in the season opener and 22 touches and four goals in the other.

Carlton is keen on Greater Western Sydney dasher Zac Williams, too, although North Melbourne is also believed to be willing to table a lucrative long-term offer for the restricted free agent.

Zac Williams after the Giants' win over Carlton. Picture: AFL Photos

The Blues no longer heavily relies on veterans Ed Curnow and Marc Murphy, with Will Setterfield, Jack Martin, Sam Walsh, Matthew Kennedy and David Cuningham illustrating varyingly good signs this year.

At the same time, something has to give at Tigerland.

Rookies Liam Baker (14 matches), Marlion Pickett (13), Jake Aarts (11), Mabior Chol (nine), Sydney Stack (nine) and Derek Eggmolesse-Smith (six) have all played pretty regular senior football in 2020.

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A decision on any potential list size changes could be announced within the next fortnight.

Graham was a key contributor in Richmond's 2017 flag triumph in just his fifth game and would have played in last year's Grand Final win as well if not for a shoulder dislocation in the club's preliminary final victory over Geelong.

There is understood to also be significant interest in Nathan Broad from various Melbourne clubs and Gold Coast, while Adelaide and the Giants have tracked Callum Coleman-Jones.