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BRYCE Gibbs has informed Carlton that he wants to return home to South Australia, with Adelaide the frontrunners for his services.

In the first bombshell of the NAB AFL Trade period, Crows list manager Justin Reid confirmed the star Blue is seeking a trade.

Reid met with Carlton's list management team as the trade period kicked off at Etihad Stadium on Monday.

"Bryce and his management have spoken to the Adelaide Football Club and he's got a strong desire to come home," Reid said.

"We also respect that he's a Carlton player, he's contracted so we'll leave it at that for the meantime."

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Adelaide holds pick No.13 in this year's draft, but Reid would not speculate if that pick alone would satisfy the Blues' needs.

"We'll have discussions behind the scenes and we'll work through it," Reid said.

Carlton confirmed Gibbs' trade request in a statement on Monday afternoon.

"Whilst the club acknowledges the personal reasons behind Bryce's request, he is a contracted player and we intend to work through those matters with both him and his management," head of football Andrew McKay said.

Gibbs, originally pick No.1 in the 2006 NAB AFL Draft, has played 209 games for the Blues.

He won the club's best and fairest award in 2014.

It is unclear whether fellow South Australian club Port Adelaide is in the equation to acquire Gibbs.

The Power are understood to have very little room in their salary cap, so it would be unlikely they would be able to lure Gibbs.

Gibbs' father Ross played 253 games for Glenelg in the SANFL.

In 2014, Gibbs signed a five-year deal until the end of 2019.

He still has three years to run on his existing contract.

A photo also emerged on social media of Gibbs with Adelaide captain Taylor Walker apparently having a coffee together in Byron Bay on Sunday.