FORMER Essendon forward Kyle Reimers, still just 23, has turned his back on the opportunity to play for Carlton and a continued career in the AFL.
Carlton had sought and received permission for Reimers to train with the club, but the erratic and talented forward, who was delisted by Essendon, did not ever turn up at training with the Blues and has indicated that he does not wish to be picked in the pre-season or rookie drafts.
Reimers is believed to be eyeing his old WAFL club Peel Thunder in preference to playing for one of the AFL’s most famous clubs.
Carlton had earmarked a position in the rookie draft for Reimers, who showed considerable ability with Essendon in his 60 games, but fell out of the side this year. The Blues will look at other options for the rookie draft spot they had planned to use on Reimers, who did not make the trip on the club’s altitude camp in Arizona.
The Blues are somewhat surprised by Reimers’ decision, given that most players in his position would be desperate to continue in the AFL.
Reimers managed only six games in 2012 and was among a host of fringe players who were not offered contracts by Essendon, as the club made a significant cull of their list, taking a harder line on several players who had played a fair amount of senior football, including Ricky Dyson, Brent Prismall, Sam Lonergan, Henry Slattery and Reimers, with Angus Monfries traded to Port Adelaide.
Reimers, drafted by the Bombers in 2007 when he was just 17, booted 27 goals in 15 games last year, including hauls of 8 and 6 against Gold Coast and Richmond, but he regressed this season.
Carlton’s tight salary cap meant the Blues were quiet during the month-long free agency and trade period, when they resolved to keep the first-round draft pick, No. 11, which was eventually used on the highly talented Troy Menzel, rated as a top-three talent by most clubs, but who fell to pick 11 as a result of a knee injury that is likely to require surgery at some stage.