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Nick Stevens

Experimental squad .... Nick Stevens. (File photo) (Getty)

Experiments key for Carlton

Carlton's vice-captain Nick Stevens says experimentation has paid off for his side in the preseason cup.

Carlton will play the Brisbane Lions in Saturday night's final but Stevens says the Blues are still focused on the season proper.

He says chopping and changing the line-up has so far proven a success.

"We've looked at playing some guys and trying some different things and Waitey (Jarrad Waite) probably playing down back is a key example of that," he said.

"We've kept winning and had good form so over the next few weeks we'll still prepare for round one and look forward to Richmond."

Stevens also dismissed the notion that the preseason competition is cursed, as over the past few years cup winners have performed badly in the season proper.

"The last few years it's sort of seemed that way, but I won it a few times at Port Adelaide and we finished top both years," he said.

"I think it's a pretty good indication that some of the sides who won have good form leading into round one."

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