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GOLD Coast is making a strong play for North Melbourne support ruckman Daniel Currie as it seeks a replacement for Zac Smith.

The out-of-contract Smith informed the Suns this week that he wants a trade to Geelong after falling behind Tom Nicholls in Gold Coast's ruck pecking order this year.

Currie, 201cm, has been even more starved of opportunity over the past three years at Arden Street, where he has had the misfortune of being stuck behind star ruckman Todd Goldstein.

Goldstein's remarkable durability and unparalleled ability to ruck for almost entire games has limited Currie to four senior games despite his consistently strong VFL form when fit.

Like Smith, Currie is out of contract and free to accept a rival offer subject to a trade. 

AFL.com.au understands North would like to keep Currie and has not given up hope of convincing the 26-year-old to stay. But the Roos will not stand in Currie's way if he believes greater senior opportunity beckons at Metricon Stadium.

Ruckmen are in high demand this season, with Essendon, the Sydney Swans, Brisbane Lions, Greater Western Sydney and, possibly, the Western Bulldogs all in the market. 

Essendon and the Swans pursued Smith before he chose Geelong as his preferred new home, and both remain suitors for Brisbane Lions free agent Matthew Leuenberger. 

The Swans are also keen to involve West Coast ruckman Callum Sinclair in a trade for Lewis Jetta. 

If the Swans choose to prioritise this deal, the Bombers appear almost certain to land Leuenberger.

Out-of-contract Geelong ruckman Dawson Simpson has also attracted rival interest, with Greater Western Sydney believed to the club most likely to explore a trade.

North would also presumably enter the ruck market if Currie leaves, given Majak Daw and Braydon Preuss would be its only remaining specialist support options for Goldstein.

If Currie joins Gold Coast, it will be his third AFL club.

He got his start at the Swans ahead of the 2007 season, but did not play a senior game in five seasons at the club.