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Adelaide forward Mitch McGovern has officially requested a trade to AFL rivals Carlton while Port Adelaide is demanding two first-round draft picks for Chad Wingard.

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McGovern had long been linked to the Blues after telling the Crows he wants to leave Adelaide despite having two years left on his contract.

“He had a medical with the Carlton Football Club yesterday and it went fairly well … so Carlton is his choice,” McGovern’s manager Colin Young told SEN radio today.

McGovern wanted a three to five-year deal with the Blues with Young denying his potential move was based purely on money.

“He’s on a very good contract at the Crows, it’s extremely good, so it’s definitely not about the money, … it’s more about the post code where he wants to live,” Young said.

Meanwhile, Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley has fuelled speculation dual All Australian Wingard is on the market, despite being contracted until the end of next season.

Victorian clubs including Hawthorn, Western Bulldogs and St Kilda are rumoured to be targeting Wingard.

“Chad is an enormous talent, he is not the type of player that you let out of your football club very easily,” Hinkley told SEN today.

“And if I go through what I have dealt with in the past with (Port recruits) Paddy Ryder and Charlie Dixon, and we’ve given up first-round picks and a second-round pick and they’re the sort of numbers – two first-round picks.”

In other trade news, Gold Coast captain Steven May said he’s yet to decide his long-term future amid speculation he could follow Tom Lynch in walking out of the Suns.

Collingwood, Hawthorn and Melbourne are understood to be pitching to win the services of May, who is contracted at Gold Coast until the end of next season.

“I haven’t said I’m leaving or anything like that,” May told the Marngrook Footy Show.

“I just said if I’m going to sign a long-term deal I need to assess all my options because it’s probably one of my last contracts because I want a long-term deal.

“So I just want to do the due diligence.”

May was co-captain of the Suns this year with key forward Lynch, who is expected to join Richmond.

And fringe Melbourne midfielder Dean Kent has asked to be traded to St Kilda in a bid to get more game time – he played only five AFL matches for the Demons this year.

– AAP

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