Richmond’s historic victory after 35 years of hell was remarkable, with the future still looking bright for the Tigers. That’s why I feel that 2017 is only the start of a dynasty, with these being the five reasons why the Tigers can go back-to-back.
5. Richmond has a plethora of young talent
Daniel Rioli, Jason Castagna, Dan Buttler, Toby Nankervis, Jack Graham, Kamdyn McIntosh and Nathan Broad are all in their early 20’s and have played under 50 games, however; all of them are now premiership players. In addition, players such as Shai Bolton, Tyson Stengle, Ivan Soldo, Corey Ellis and Jayden Short have shown great promise in the AFL, as well as in the VFL.
4. Their depth is incredible
I mentioned the youngsters in Bolton, Stengle, Soldo, Ellis and Short, however; their experienced depth might be even more impressive. The likes of Shaun Hampson, Anthony Miles, Reece Conca, Ben Griffiths and Sam Lloyed all missed the grand final, despite being in the Tigers best 22 at the start if 2017. In addition, Steve Morris, Ben Lennon and Jake Batchelor are some others who will also push for selection, although; not all of these guys will be at the club next year.
3. There is room for improvement
Appart from the young talent that I mentioned earlier, Richmond has two stars who are only going to get better. Dion Prestia and Josh Caddy were fantastic recruits this year, however, it took the two a while to really start firing. Both players have had some big games this year but overall, the two were inconsistent. Hardwick said earlier in the year that Caddy was being played out of position and Prestia had an interrupted pre-season due to an injury. The two finished the season well, as they have eased into the side. Now with a solid pre-season and premiership confidence, Tiger fans should expect big things from the both of them in 2018.
2. Their stars are on the right end of 30
At the moment Richmond will go into 2018 with only one listed player above 30 years of age next year and that’s Bachar Houli. Meanwhile, apart from Houli; Jack Riewoldt, Trent Cotchin, Alex Rance, Shaun Grigg and Shane Edwards are all in their late 20’s, however, they still have plenty of solid football left in them.
1. Richmond finally has belief
For the first time in 35 years, the Richmond football club finally has belief in themselves. Not only that but the supporters as well believe in them and the jokes about the Tigers can finally be put away. Asa result, Richmond has returned to its former glory and that belief can be a powerful thing over the next few years, as their premiership window remains open.
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