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Zach Tuohy requests trade to Geelong after turning down Carlton's contract offer

The Cats must now broker a trade with Tuohy’s club to secure his signature.

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CARLTON DEFENDER ZACH Tuohy looks set to be on the move during the NAB AFL Trade Period, which opened on Monday morning.

The 26-year-old, who has reached the end of the three-year contract he signed with the Blues in 2013, has requested a trade to Geelong.

The Portlaoise native turned down a three-year deal from Carlton last month and its believed he has four-year offers on the table from both the Cats and North Melbourne.

AFL.com reports that Tuohy’s preferred destination is in Geelong. Although he is out of contract Tuohy is not a free-agent, meaning Geelong will have to broker a trade with Carlton to secure his signature.

This afternoon Carlton confirmed Tuohy’s trade request to Geelong in a statement on the club’s website.

“The club had offered Zach a three-year deal and he has chosen to explore his options. We remain committed to adhering to our list management plan and the offer was in line with that strategy,” head of football Andrew McKay said.

“We will now work with Zach and his management to ensure an appropriate deal can be arranged in the best interests of the Carlton Football Club.”

Tuohy signed an international rookie deal with Carlton in 2010 and made his AFL debut in round 11 of the 2011 season.

Since then he’s made 120 appearances for the Blues and hasn’t missed an AFL game in the last four seasons. Only three active players in the league have played in more consecutive games than Tuohy’s 90-match run.

The former underage star with Laois backed up his excellent 2015 campaign with another strong season this year.

Tuohy is the second Carlton player to seek a move away from Ikon Park, with Bryce Gibbs requesting a trade to Adelaide.

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