Player Name: Zach Tuohy
Current Club: Carlton Blues
Potential Club: North Melbourne have been interested in Tuohy for quite some time and more recently Geelong have joined the pursuit.
The Original Price: Tuohy joined Carlton as an International Rookie in 2010, made formal by his selection with pick 73 in the 2010 Rookie Draft.
The Good: It’s a fairly long list. On the field he’s an aggressive and line-breaking defender with a big boot who can play tall or small. He finished third in Carlton’s Best and Fairest in 2015 and made the AFLCA All-Australian team in the same year. Ultra-durable, he offers continuity to whichever club he’s at.
The Bad: He’s not an out-an-out superstar and isn’t going to be one. Rated poor and below average for tackles in 2014 and 2015 is certainly not good, but he has doubled his tackles per game this year which shows he’s aware of his deficiencies and willing to work on them.
What His Club Wants: He’s one of few senior players left at Carlton and they want to keep him. In September CEO Steven Trigg confirmed that the club has put “a very healthy three-year deal in front of him”.
What He’s Worth: He’s one of a few aggressive defenders on the market right now but that shouldn’t devalue him too much. His ability to play on a number of different types of players holds him in good stead and at just 27 years old at the start of next season, he still has four or five years of football to offer.
What We’d Pay: A mid-second round pick, around 23-28.
Possible Trade Scenarios:
Carlton trade Tuohy to North Melbourne for their 2017 second-round pick.
Carlton trade Tuohy and pick 54 to North Melbourne for pick Aaron Black and pick 29.
Carlton trade Tuohy to Geelong for their 2017 second-round pick.
Carlton trade Tuohy to Geelong; Geelong trade Steve Motlop to Richmond and pick 34 to Carlton; Richmond trade Brett Deledio to Geelong and pick 60 to Carlton.
The Verdict: It’s been reported that Tuohy wants to stay at Carlton, but there’s certainly a reason why he hasn’t signed the contract that’s in front of him. He’ll be exploring his options thoroughly, but should he decide to leave Carlton, the club should get good value in return.
Star Rating: 3.5/5