SCOTT Carlin is embracing a new role as he prepares for his first VFL season.
The Terang Mortlake export will swap defence for attack in 2019 after signing with Werribee.
Carlin, 18, has spent the past three weeks training with the Tigers and inked a deal on Monday night.
He is excited to push for a spot in the Mark Williams-led team after two impressive seasons with TAC Cup club Greater Western Victoria Rebels.
“It is a lot different,” Carlin said of Werribee’s intentions to use him across half-forward.
“At TAC Cup they were playing me in the back line and on the wing and I got a game with Werribee (as a 23rd player last season) and they played me forward, so now they’re looking at me as a forward.”
Carlin has picked Ballarat league club Lake Wendouree as his feeder club for next season and is seven weeks into a building apprenticeship.
He said it was relief to sign with Werribee, where he’ll play alongside former Rebel and Portland export Keegan Gray.
“It was good to finally know I am on the list, I am psyched for this year,” Carlin said.
“I’ll train hard and try and get a game.”
Carlin said he went “better than I expected” in his one appearance at VFL level in 2018 – a match against North Melbourne.
Tigers’ pre-season training has also been a learning curve.
“It’s been another step up again from Rebels,” he said.
“It’s more of a high intensity, it’s been good though. I am enjoying it.”
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