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'I didn't enjoy it, to be honest. I made myself come back'

Ahead of his 198th game, Laois man Tuohy reveals how 'nerves' almost cost him his AFL career

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Zach of all trades: Zach Tuohy of the Geelong Cats pictured at the GMHBA Stadium in Geelong. Photo: Sportsfile

Zach of all trades: Zach Tuohy of the Geelong Cats pictured at the GMHBA Stadium in Geelong. Photo: Sportsfile

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Zach of all trades: Zach Tuohy of the Geelong Cats pictured at the GMHBA Stadium in Geelong. Photo: Sportsfile

It's pushing late on Thursday evening and around him at the Geelong Cats' hotel resort base on Australia's Gold Coast, Zach Tuohy's team-mates are reuniting with their families.

The arriving families have just completed their quarantine period and, after weeks apart, can finally join the rest of the squad. But Tuohy opted against putting his fiancée and two kids, aged one and six, through the process. Instead, he'll likely drive on for whatever remains of the Cats' season. If it all goes to plan, that could extend to a grand final in October.

In the midst of the AFL's strangest season, that separation remains the most taxing element.