New contract not a concern for Zach

December 5, 2019 3:30 pm in by
Geelong defender Zach Tuohy.( Image/Marcel Berens)

DISCUSSIONS are ongoing, but Geelong defender Zach Tuohy isn’t expecting details on a contract extension to be finalised until mid-2020.

Tuohy, who turns 30 next Tuesday, signed a four-year deal when he arrived at GMHBA Stadium at the end of 2016.

“It is pretty consistent communication, so we will start now but I wouldn’t expect anything to happen until at least the mid part of the year,” Tuohy said.

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“If something happens before then, that’s great, but it certainly won’t be panic stations from my end.

I expect to be playing beyond next year, and I understand the nature of the game that it doesn’t always work out, but signs are positive.”

After playing 143 consecutive matches in a streak starting in late 2012, off-season knee surgery delayed the Irishman’s start to the 2019 season.

He still managed to make 18 AFL appearances, but is looking forward to a clear run into next year.

“It was frustrating, but I have been really lucky with injuries, and I have never been injured for my whole career, so that was a challenge,” Tuohy said.

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“With the benefit of hindsight, I have been able to manage my knee a lot better than I did last year.

“But I have had a solid off-season I gave my knee a lot of rest and got some running done towards the back end of the off-season, and now I am into full training, so I am pretty happy.”

Pushed forward at times late in the 2019 season, Tuohy expects to return to the defensive unit next year.

“I think I will be down back pretty much from the get go, and I was only swung forward when we had a few outs towards the end of the year,” he said.

Scarlo (assistant coach Matthew Scarlett) has always said, I thought jokingly, that I could play forward, which never really became a reality until late last year, but I am open to playing forward and enjoy it.

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“It gives a different perspective and it is a different challenge, but I suspect I will be pretty much back the whole year of this year.”

Twitter: @tom_king79


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