Tom Fields is eyeing a career as a punter in American football after being told he would not be kept at Carlton in 2016.
Queenslander Fields, who turns 23 in December, was acquired by the Blues in last year's rookie draft from SANFL club South Adelaide. The 192-centimetre backman played two games in defence this year after being elevated off the rookie list, but spent most of the year with the Northern Blues.
Carlton are yet to make an announcement on Fields' future, but it is understood he was told earlier this month that he would be delisted.
While Fields hopes to continue his AFL career, and will nominate for next month's draft, his management has been in preliminary discussions with American football scouts, and will step up discussions in coming days.
Fields is renowned as a prodigious kick, and made headlines mid-season after launching a kick-in more than half the length of the field at the Whitten Oval while playing against Footscray in the VFL. He had been contemplating a career as a punter prior to being drafted by Carlton.
Fields is on holiday with his partner in the United States. He is the son of former Essendon and South Melbourne player Neville Fields, who played 200 games between 1960 and 1982.
Fields is seeking to follow the lead of former AFL players Ben Graham, Darren Bennett and Sav Rocca, all of whom had successful careers as punters in the NFL following their playing days in Australia. Former Greater Western Sydney-listed player Josh Growden has been playing this season as a punter with Louisiana State University, one of the top football colleges in the US. LSU have started the season 6-0.
Having made a raft of changes during the trade period, Carlton are yet to reveal the fate of a handful of uncontracted players including rucks Robbie Warnock and Cameron Wood - the latter of whom is on the rookie list - and defender Denis Armfield. The first list lodgment deadline is next Friday at 2pm.