Emotional Eddie Betts' Carlton AFL return

Forward Eddie Betts has made an emotional AFL homecoming to Carlton after six years with Adelaide.
Forward Eddie Betts has made an emotional AFL homecoming to Carlton after six years with Adelaide.

Eddie Betts said he was almost in tears when he walked back into Carlton.

One of the greatest small forwards in AFL history has made an emotional homecoming, traded back to the Blues after six successful seasons at Adelaide.

Betts flew from Adelaide on Monday and the trade was confirmed hours later, with the Blues giving up a future round-four pick for the 32-year-old.

He has joined Carlton on a one-year deal and is likely to return to the No.19 guernsey.

"For it to finally happen ... I'm really emotional walking back onto this ground," Betts said on the boundary line at Ikon Park.

"I almost started crying."

Betts said it was also a big wrench to leave his Adelaide teammates and the Crows' fans.

He said the Crows had been through a lot in his time there, with the death of coach Phil Walsh and their tumultuous 2017 grand-final loss to Richmond.

"The emotions are still running through my system. The love and support I've been shown by Adelaide and the players, in particular - we've been through a lot," he said.

But one subject that was off limits was the infamous 2018 Adelaide pre-season camp - a key catalyst for their many problems over the past two years.

"I'm not here to talk about the camp. I'm just here to talk about coming back to where it all started," he said.

The Carlton life member played 184 games for the Blues before joining the Crows at the end of 2013 and playing another 132 games.

The freakish small forward, a three-time All Australian, has kicked 600 goals and has won the goal-of-the-year award four times.

New Carlton coach David Teague was an assistant at Adelaide and Betts said he played his best football when Teague was in charge of the forward line.

He added Teague was a "really big pull" for the return to the Blues.

Betts said he still had plenty to show as a player.

"My leadership really stood up when I was over there and I believe I can still play some good footy ... I believe I still have a lot to offer," he said.

"My body is fine - I will play until my body says I can't play any more. I have no injuries .... my agility is there; my speed is there."

Betts was the only trade on Monday, with Wednesday's 7.30pm deadline looming.

But Port Adelaide emphatically denied a report that the camp of co-captain Ollie Wines had approached Carlton about a potential trade.

"At no stage has Ollie requested a trade from our club," the Power said in a statement.

Gold Coast re-signed key forward Ben King in a massive boost for the expansion club, shooting down St Kilda's project over the next 12 months to reunite him with twin brother Max at Moorabbin.

Three ruckmen could be on the move - Geelong's Zac Smith back to Gold Coast, Carlton's Andrew Phillips to Essendon and Marc Pittonet from Hawthorn to the Blues.

Australian Associated Press