Hewett at home in the engine room of the Carlton AFL

While Carlton’s new midfielder has taken some validation from his pants from Richmond’s last quarter, the task now is to build on the laid platform.

The Blues didn’t get carried away with the first-round triumph – their first positive start to the season in a decade – which launched the new era under Michael Voss in stunning fashion.

But they gained a lot of confidence from the way they dismantled their opponents last Thursday night, snapping an 11-game losing streak against the Tigers in the process.

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Patrick Cripps and new signings George Hewett and Adam Cerra, along with a much-improved Matthew Kennedy, led the Blues’ dominance last term.

And they did it without last year’s best and fairest winner, Sam Walsh, who is sidelined with an ankle injury.

Next, Carlton will face a much-vaunted Western Bulldogs roster that was stung by Melbourne in the season opener.

The Blues enter the Marvel Stadium contest on Thursday night buoyed by their recent performances, including a preseason win over the Demons.

“We have to keep building on that,” Hewett told AAP.

“It starts again every week, but when you can look back on those things and say we did it, hopefully that will give us confidence when we’re in those tough times again.

“(The Bulldogs are) a top midfielder again, but we’ll continue to support our strengths and go from there.”

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick says Carlton’s recruiting campaign that won Hewett and Cerra late last year reminded him of how the Tigers rebuilt their own engine room ahead of the 2017 season, when they stormed into a surprise premiership.

The Blues still have a long way to go before even breaking their final drought, let alone any flag chances.

But Hewett, who joined Carlton on a four-year deal after 120 games with Sydney, believes the Blues’ midfield squad have already built a synergy that keeps them in good stead.

“None of us were injured in pre-season, so we literally spent three or four months together training hard,” said the 26-year-old.

“We were doing a lot of things after training with each other and it’s going really well.

“We share the ball, which is exciting to see.

“We are all good friends and it probably shows in the way we play. We like to take care of each other.

“They’re all good guys and it’s been a really exciting time over the past few months.”

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