Trade and FA

Tuohy brings luck of the Irish to Geelong

 

The Trade:

Carlton trades Zach Tuohy and it’s future second-round pick; Carlton receives pick Billie Smedts, pick 63 and Geelong’s 2017 first-round pick 

Geelong trades Billie Smedts, pick 63 and it’s 2017 first-round pick; Geelong receives Zach Tuohy and Carlton’s future second-round pick

The Brief:

Tuohy will obviously be happy here, he lands where he wanted to at Geelong and will slot straight into the hole that Corey Enright has vacated and play alongside ex-Carlton teammate, Lachie Henderson. He’ll take up the main responsibility of driving the ball out of Geelong’s backline in 2017 and play a part in the development of young Cat, Jackson Thurlow. Smedts joins a young team in which he should be given the opportunity to establish himself at the senior level. As a former pick 15, there’ll be some expectation from Carlton that he makes a go of it.

Club Trade Rating:

Carlton – the Blues wouldn’t have wanted to lose Tuohy. He’s had a number of strong seasons in Carlton’s defence but they’ve realised that they have a quality medium sized defender in Docherty and will build around him. A smart move to take an excellent pick plus a player and move on.

Rating: -1 – Carlton got great value for Tuohy but gave up far too much for Smedts given their predicted finish to 2017.

Geelong – yet again the Cats have managed to bring in exactly what they needed during the trade period but they’ve paid a price. Unlike the norm at Geelong, the trade negotiations dragged on. Tuohy fills a need and Smedts gets an opportunity elsewhere. 

Rating: +1 – Fortunately for Geelong, they’ve gotten good value here. If they finish in the top four again in 2017, this will work out a great deal for Geelong.

Fantasy Impact:

Carlton – is it possible that Sam Docherty and Kade Simpson can improve on their stunning 2016 fantasy seasons? Probably not, but Tuohy leaving opens up an opportunity for the likes of Dylan Buckley, Lachie Plowman, fellow Irishman, Ciaran Sheehan and perhaps even Smedts himself.

Geelong – Tuohy would be expected to get his hands on the football more often than he did at Carlton and will have a better target to hit when he delivers forward, in Tom Hawkins. We’d expect to see an uptick in his fantasy output without impacting on the Geelong players around him as he steps into the position vacated by Corey Enright.

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