Carlton coach Mick Malthouse praised the versatility of recruit Andrejs Everitt after the big forward booted three goals in the Blues' pre-season win over North Melbourne on Saturday.
The Blues won 1.14.7 (100) to the fast-finishing North's 14.9 (93) in front of 7800 fans at a windswept Eureka Stadium in Ballarat.
Both sides were pleased with the performances of their recruits, with ex-Saint Nick Dal Santo gathering 27 disposals in a polished display in midfield and defence for the Kangaroos.
Father-son pick Luke McDonald was also impressive for North with a 22-possession game.
The 24-year-old Everitt's move from Sydney to Carlton was the final deal of last year's trade period. A veteran of 79 games at the Bulldogs and Swans, Everitt, booted his three goals in the first half and also spent time in defence, pulling down seven marks.
"He had a good game," Malthouse said of Everitt, who was keen to leave the Swans after they signed Hawthorn's star forward Lance Franklin.
"The best that has come out of today is that he has been able to play in multiple positions and multi roles. So he will be become a valuable player I am sure."
North Ballarat product Drew Petrie kicked four goals for the Kangaroos but the home side fell just short of victory.
Ryan Bastinac and Jack Ziebell were dominant with 60 disposals between them for North while Brock McLean and Mitch Robinson were strong around the packs for the Blues.
Carlton led by a goal at quarter-time and went 21 points ahead at halftime, 9.3 (57) to 5.6 (36), after booting six goals to North's three in the second term.
A goal on the siren to Brent Harvey allowed North to stay within 23 points of the Blues at three-quarter time.
Harvey's second goal with two minutes left in the game cut the margin to one point after the Kangaroos had surged home with a five-goal final term and six of the last eight goals in the match.
A goal to former Magpies' ruckman Cam Wood sealed Carlton's win.
The Blues were missing Chris Judd, Dale Thomas, Kade Simpson, Lachie Henderson, Matthew Kreuzer, Heath Scotland, Jeff Garlett, Michael Jamison and Andrew Carrazzo.
Malthouse says Kreuzer and ex-Magpies' onballer Thomas are likely inclusion for Carlton's game against Adelaide at Etihad Stadium on February 24.
North coach Brad Scott was thrilled with the efforts of Dal Santo and McDonald and key defender Joel Tippett, the former Gold Coast Sun who's a brother to Sydney's Kurt Tippett.
"We got exactly what we wanted out of the game," Scott said.
"There are some things to work on but no injuries, some good performances from some new faces and some good performances from our experienced players."
The Kangaroos are considering recalling Nathan Grima, Robbie Tarrant and Majak Daw for their game against Hawthorn in Launceston on February 21.