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Delisted Reimers may have future as a bright Blue

KYLE Reimers and his footlocker of fluorescent boots could find a new home playing under Mick Malthouse at Carlton.

The eye-catching forward met Malthouse and other key football staff this week after he was delisted by Essendon.

Reimers could be taken by the Blues as a delisted free agent for no loss of a draft pick, but Carlton will not take up this option and will wait until all players it rates more highly than Reimers are exhausted before contemplating using a pick on the young forward.

''We just wanted to see where he was at - whether he had ambition to continue his career and where he saw himself,'' Carlton football manager Andrew McKay said.

''So I suppose we have a little bit of interest in him but not at the expense of the young talent we are looking at.

''We would not be taking him before the national draft [as a delisted free agent] but if he was around at a suitable pick in the draft we would look at him then.


''He is quick and a goalkicker and can get into a bit of space so you never know but we are certainly not going to get him before the draft.

''Our first priority is to get the younger guys in and if all the younger guys we are considering are gone then we will look at him.''

Taken at pick 47 in the 2006 national draft, the 23-year-old is almost better known for his penchant for iridescent footwear than his ability on the field. Partly that is because initially his boots were more eye-catching than his form.

Despite being a naturally talented player who is quick and with a sharp goal sense, players do not ordinarily have the confidence to wear such outrageous boots until they are more established in the team.

James Hird was not a fan of the boots, or the attitude they seemed to represent, and when he arrived as coach warned Reimers he was happy for him to wear the boots, just not in any team he coached.

Reimers played 60 games but only five last season, and was one of the group of Essendon players to fall victim to soft tissue injuries, suffering hamstring strains.

He also suffered a heavy concussion in a head clash with St Kilda player Tom Simpkin.

Reimers averaged slightly better than a goal a game (69 goals) across his six seasons, including a career-best eight goals against the Gold Coast.

Carlton's interest in him is understandable, given he has played some of his better games against the Blues; he booted two goals in Essendon's elimination final loss to Carlton in 2011 and three in the Dons' win at the start of 2010.