Parks named to make Carlton debut this weekend

Confirmed by Carlton’s Senior Coach David Teague on Thursday, former St Ives and North Shore product Luke Parks will make his AFL debut against Fremantle at Marvel Stadium.

An intercept defender who plays above his height, Parks gets his opportunity this weekend after some stellar form throughout the VFL pre-season.

Originally from New South Wales, Parks was drafted from Glenelg in the 2021 NAB AFL Rookie Draft last year.

After going undrafted at his first opportunity, Parks relocated to South Australia and played every game for the reigning premiers as an 18-year-old.

Teague said Parks, who turns 20 in a fortnight, would be backed in to play to his strengths this weekend.