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Swans ruckman Nankervis seeks trade to Richmond

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GEELONG, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 8: Toby Nankervis of the Swans marks the ball during the 2015 AFL round 19 match between the Geelong Cats and the Sydney Swans at Simonds Stadium, Geelong, Australia on August 8, 2015. (Photo by Michael Dodge/AFL Media)
Swans ruckman Toby Nankervis wants to join Richmond

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SYDNEY Swans ruckman Toby Nankervis is expected to request a trade to Richmond on Tuesday as he seeks new opportunities.

AFL.com.au understands the 22-year-old, who grew up in Tasmania, decided while travelling overseas he wanted to continue his career with the Tigers.

The promising ruckman had a strong season with the Sydney Swans in both the AFL and the NEAFL but could not cement a spot in the senior team.

He played seven games this season to extend his career total to 12, having been selected with pick No.35 in the 2013 NAB AFL Draft.

Despite playing well in the Swans' semi-final win over Adelaide, he could not hold his spot when Kurt Tippett returned from injury, with Sam Naismith showing good form.

A strong, bullocking ruckman who can kick goals, Nankervis attracted interest from several clubs, with the Tigers targeting him as a ready-made ruck who could either support Shaun Hampson or work in tandem with him.

The Swans had made an offer to Nankervis and he took time to weigh up the decision on whether to ask for a trade.

However, the Tigers lost Ty Vickery to free agency and re-signed veteran Ivan Maric, and have a shortage of quality ruckman with Hampson turning 29 at the start of next season.

Richmond already has its hands full getting a trade completed for Gold Coast player Dion Prestia.

The Tigers have pick 27 and pick 46 in the draft, with a late second-round or early third-round pick expected to be about right for Nankervis.