Levi Casboult.

Levi Casboult. Photo: Getty Images

Carlton will not be a "big player" in the AFL trade period, and believes its stocks of big men are good enough without the addition of a recruit.

The Blues' football general manager Andrew Mackay told SEN radio this morning that Carlton's talks with Collingwood big man Chris Dawes had been "very preliminary ... just to see where he was at".

He also said the Blues had nothing more than a "quick chat" with Essendon's mobile key forward Scott Gumbleton before deciding "he wasn't for us".

Mackay refuted the notion that the club felt it had been very close to securing star Magpie forward Travis Cloke. "No, I think in our game you don't start thinking down that track unless you put pen to paper."

Mackay says the Blues have had "feelers out" but no more during the first week of the trade period.

"We've got limited picks. If we were going to trade it would mean pushing others out. If the right player comes along we'll be willing to talk," Mackay said.

Mackay knocked back the perception that his club was light on for tall key forwards, though he did joke that the Blues would act on the "greatest key forward in the league" if he suddenly became available.

He said Jarrad Waite was a "fantastic player ... with an X-factor ... who needs to play more games". He listed Shaun Hampson, whose progress was halted by a knee injury this year, the "developing" Luke Mitchell, testicular cancer victim Sam Rowe, and elevated rookie Levi Casboult as other exciting prospects. "We've got a few guys to deal with, we've just got to keep them on the park."

Aside from the promising stock of talls, Mackay said strongly built rookie utility Tom Bell had been secured, after conjecture that he was being sought by opposing clubs. Now a "nominated" rookie for 2013, meaning he will be able to play all games, Bell has also been guaranteed a primary list position in 2014.

"Obviously Tommy just wanted some security with that and a reasonable term of contract rather than the normal one-year rookie deal that most teams do."

Mackay said new coach Mick Malthouse is "very excited and very enthusiastic and can't wait to get in".

"Obviously he's got some other commitments at the moment which keep him away from the club for decent periods. But certainly dropping in all the time and we're on the phone to him everyday, especially during this trade period. We need his input throughout the whole process, so we're keeping in touch with him. He'll be on deck fully November 1."