MELBOURNE has added to its defensive stocks, securing youngster Charlotte Wilson in a deal with Carlton on Thursday.  

The Demons welcomed the key defender from Ikon Park in exchange for National Pick No.42 – the 23rd Victorian selection – in this year’s AFLW Draft.  

Wilson, who made her senior debut for the Blues in 2019, arrives with 22 games to her name, having developed her defensive craft across four seasons.  

With a basketball background, Wilson’s natural talent saw her quickly adapt on the footy field as a teenager, joining Eastern Ranges where she was named co-captain in just her second year.  

She is set to add further depth to the Dees’ defensive unit, with aspirations to take her game to another level in the red and blue.  

Melbourne AFLW list manager Todd Patterson said the 21-year-old was a much-welcomed addition to the club.  

“This is a really exciting acquisition for us, and we had our eye on Charlotte a long way out from the Sign and Trade Period commencing,” he said. 

“Charlotte is a key defender who, at just 21, has played some terrific football at Carlton, despite unfortunately having an interrupted year in 2022.  

“We identified a need to add a young key defender to our list and Charlotte, as an athlete and a competitor, was the standout for us.” 

The movement marks the first for Melbourne this AFLW Sign and Trade Period, with activity to continue through to Wednesday.