Carlton coach Brett Ratten has foreshadowed a recall for tall utility Jarrad Waite ahead of the Blues’ Monday night clash with St Kilda.
Waite, defender Bret Thornton and midfielder Mitch Robinson all starred in the Blues reserves last weekend.
Waite was dropped three weeks ago as he struggled for touch after missing much of last year with a serious knee injury.
But he gathered 22 possessions in little more than a half of football for Carlton’s VFL affiliate Northern Bullants last weekend.
Ratten admitted Waite, who can play as a key defender or forward, was on the verge of a return to senior football.
“We’ve seen the evidence in training drills he wasn’t quite getting his hands on the ball, running under it, just out of position a bit,” Ratten said of Waite.
“But we’ve seen that correct itself at training. He’s worked extremely hard the last couple of weeks.
“Waite would be really close, Thornton would be really close, and there’d be a couple of others around the edges.”
Carlton are considering personnel changes after a 53-point defeat by Collingwood in their last hit-out.