Player Name: Toby Nankervis
Current Club: Sydney Swans
Potential Club: Nankervis has been starved of senior opportunities in his three years at the Swans, with six of his 12 senior appearances accumulated due to key injuries to big men Kurt Tippett and off-season recruit Callum Sinclair this year. The 199cm ruckman was an All-Australian at Under-18 level, and would add depth to Richmond’s rucking stocks behind the recently re-signed Ivan Maric and Shaun Hampson. The Western Bulldogs are another option, as with Will Minson leaving the club, Nankervis would be competing against Tom Campbell as the number two ruckman behind Jordan Roughead.
The Original Price: Toby Nankervis was drafted by the Sydney Swans with pick thirty-five in the 2013 National Draft.
The Good: Nankervis is competitive at ground level, during his six games this year he averaged 5.8 tackles a game which ranked him third at the Swans. He also averaged the same amount of hitouts as number two ruckmen Callum Sinclair, and showed at NEAFL level that he can play up forward ,with five scoring shots and two goals along with 24 disposals in a dominate preliminary final display.
The Bad: Is still learning his craft and will no doubt require another one to two years before he is ready to consistently play at AFL level. He is still only 22-years old, so given the chance he could blossom into a hard nosed ruckman in the ilk of Shane Mumford.
What his club wants: Coach John Longmire’s preference is for the club’s ruckmen stocks to run deep, and with the retirement of Tom Derickx a potential Nankervis departure would leave the Swans with only three notable ruckmen – Tippett, Sinclair and Naismith. It would be hard for the Swans not to accept an appropriate deal, they could flirt with the use of Allir Allir pinch hitting in the ruck or even the forgotten Sam Reid if he can get his body right.
What he’s worth: Nankervis is out-of-contract, and if he wishes to leave an appropriate draft pick or trade of players and picks would be required. He’s played at senior level but evidently needs more time to develop. What does give the Swans pulling power is that young emerging ruckmen are hard to come across, and there’s still a lot of untapped potential to discover.
What we’d pay: Late third-round pick
Possible trade scenarios:
- Sydney Swans trade Toby Nankervis to Richmond for pick 43
- Sydney Swans trade Toby Nankervis and pick 54 to the Western Bulldogs for picks 37 and 73
- Sydney Swans trade Toby Nankervis to Adelaide for pick 50
The Verdict: Ideally the Swans would like to retain Nankervis, but Tom Mitchell’s decision would be effecting contract negotiations with the Swans having little salary cap room to move. Once Mitchell makes his decision Nankervis’s future will become a lot clearer later in the piece.
Star Rating: 2.5/5