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Cincotta makes Blues move

Alex Cincotta in action for Newtown & Chilwell. (Sports Media Image/Marcel Berens)

NEWTOWN & Chilwell young gun Alex Cincotta has signed with Carlton’s re-formed second-tier team as he continues to chase his AFL dream.

Cincotta, who is nearly eight months into his rehabilitation following a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament suffered earlier this year, spent time in Geelong’s VFL program.

At the Blues, he will link-up with former Cats assistant coach, and Geelong Falcons premiership mentor, Daniel O’Keefe, who joined Carlton as a development coach late last year.

“He gave me a call and asked me to come down,” Cincotta said.

“We spoke about the opportunity it presents, and I thought it was a pretty good move for me.

“They’re a young group – AFL and VFL – and where the club’s at the moment, they’re looking for up-and-coming talent, and to develop players.

“I definitely think it’s the right choice and the right path for me.”

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Cincotta, who represented Vic Country during an impressive 2019 season where he fell just short of Geelong VFL selection, is closing in on a return to full training.

“I’ve still got a little bit of rehab to go, but, all-in-all, it’s been really good,” the 23-year-old said. “Now it’s about releasing the joint; the joint seems to stiffen up a bit.

“So, being able to twist and turn is one of the most important things. If the joint isn’t loose enough, there’s the possibility of doing it again.

“I’m just ticking off the boxes one-by-one.

“I’ve got a bit of reactive landing and jumping to do still, but I’m nearly there.”

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Cincotta admits it was tough to tell the Cats of his plans, with coach Shane O’Bree and operations manager Nathan Tweddle both integral in his development.

“And (recruiter) Troy Selwood’s been a huge supporter of me in wanting me to be able to live out my dream,” he said.

“He understands that me going up the highway is one of the best things for me at the moment.

“They understand the move, and they respect it.

“I really appreciate everything they’ve done for me.”

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