Ex-North Launceston ruckman Toby Nankervis expected to ask Sydney to be traded to Richmond

IRONY: Toby Nankervis wrestles former West Coast ruckman Callum Sinclair before the Eagle moved to Sydney, forcing the ex-North Launceston star to seek greener pastures.

IRONY: Toby Nankervis wrestles former West Coast ruckman Callum Sinclair before the Eagle moved to Sydney, forcing the ex-North Launceston star to seek greener pastures.

Standing at the back of the rucking queue has forced the hand of Toby Nankervis, as Sydney awaits a formal request from the Tasmanian for a trade to Richmond.

The one-time North Launceston star could not cement a spot in the Swans side, adding only seven AFL games this year to extend his tally to 12 over three years.

Nankervis’s last appeared during a strong game in the semi-final win over Adelaide.

But he could not hold his spot for Sydney’s preliminary final when veteran Kurt Tippett returned from injury.

The 22-year-old lost the race to replace the injured Callum Sinclair, as selectors gave rookie Sean Naismith the nod in late 2016. 

Sydney had extended both Naismith’s and Tippett’s contracts until 2018, while signing Sinclair on a four-year deal this year last year.

The club offered a new contract to the No.35 pick in the 2013 AFL draft. But as Richmond lost Ty Vickery to free agency and Ivan Maric’s back-up, Sean Hampson is now 29, the 199cms Nankervis is in the Tigers’ sights.

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