Discussion Re-Signings, Retirements, Delistings, Trade & Drafting

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JACOB Hopper wants to play for Richmond next year as the Tigers set themselves to land a premium double act of Greater Western Sydney midfielders.

Hopper has chosen the Tigers over the Cats as his preferred destination, with fellow Giants midfielder Tim Taranto also set to take up a long-term deal with the club.

AFL.com.au revealed on Monday that Hopper had met with Richmond, with coach Damien Hardwick saying the club was keen for the 25-year-old to play at the club.

Geelong had shown interest but under their salary cap model had a limit to what they were prepared to put in front of Hopper, who has always had interest in joining a big Melbourne-based club.


Tigers list manager has done an amazing job to land both.

Both very relevant next year in SC - Taranto attended 44% of CBA's this year at GWS, Hopper attended 52% of CBA's this year at GWS.

Those numbers will skyrocket next year, Prestia has been the main man the last few years in the engine room for the tigers. With Cotchin getting fazed out & Dusty probably going to play more fwd than mid from next year onwards, I could see Hopper,Taranto & Prestia being the 3 main starting mids for Richmond next year.
 

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JACOB Hopper wants to play for Richmond next year as the Tigers set themselves to land a premium double act of Greater Western Sydney midfielders.

Hopper has chosen the Tigers over the Cats as his preferred destination, with fellow Giants midfielder Tim Taranto also set to take up a long-term deal with the club.

AFL.com.au revealed on Monday that Hopper had met with Richmond, with coach Damien Hardwick saying the club was keen for the 25-year-old to play at the club.

Geelong had shown interest but under their salary cap model had a limit to what they were prepared to put in front of Hopper, who has always had interest in joining a big Melbourne-based club.


Tigers list manager has done an amazing job to land both.

Both very relevant next year in SC - Taranto attended 44% of CBA's this year at GWS, Hopper attended 52% of CBA's this year at GWS.

Those numbers will skyrocket next year, Prestia has been the main man the last few years in the engine room for the tigers. With Cotchin getting fazed out & Dusty probably going to play more fwd than mid from next year onwards, I could see Hopper,Taranto & Prestia being the 3 main starting mids for Richmond next year.
That’s a big boost for Richmond.

Short could also be a big beneficiary.
 
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That’s a big boost for Richmond.

Short could also be a big beneficiary.
Richmond are not a very SC friendly side although there is definitely value with these two GWS players they're going for. Fiorini at the Pies will also be alot of value (albeit at another Richmond styled team that aren't the most SC friendly).
 
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This has made my day. I felt for sure he would go and play his 300th game in another jumper. So glad that won't happen.

I hope Clarko plays him first ruck most of the time.
Goldy deserves a ton of respect. Could have easily gone to another club for more money a few times but decided to stay with North and will now be a one club player. Also didn't sook when Noble moved him out of the ruck at the start of the season, did his job and worked his way back to taking up the number one mantle. Was also a SC gun for a few years.
 
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JUNIOR Rioli has made a decision on his future and informed West Coast of his desire to be traded to Port Adelaide.

AFL.com.au can reveal the Eagles premiership player has told the club of his want to be at the Power next year.

Rioli is out of contract, so a trade would need to be arranged between the clubs, with the Power looking to bolster their forward line stocks.

West Coast released a statement on Tuesday afternoon, saying they were "bitterly disappointed" to receive Rioli's trade request after supporting him through his two-year anti-doping ban that ruled him out of the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

"We could not have done any more to support Junior since his infraction in 2019," CEO Trevor Nisbett said. "We facilitated his appeal and subsequent return to football, so this decision is bitterly disappointing."

“We will put that disappointment to one side now and work to arrange a suitable trade for a player who has high end talent, is a premiership player and is in the prime of his career, having played just 51 games of senior football.

“Junior has made his decision and while he has indicated Port is his preferred destination we will work to get the best outcome for our club.”


Very disappointing from Rioli ... still can't believe he has done this when WCE went above & beyond to support him :(
 
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JUNIOR Rioli has made a decision on his future and informed West Coast of his desire to be traded to Port Adelaide.

AFL.com.au can reveal the Eagles premiership player has told the club of his want to be at the Power next year.

Rioli is out of contract, so a trade would need to be arranged between the clubs, with the Power looking to bolster their forward line stocks.

West Coast released a statement on Tuesday afternoon, saying they were "bitterly disappointed" to receive Rioli's trade request after supporting him through his two-year anti-doping ban that ruled him out of the 2020 and 2021 seasons.

"We could not have done any more to support Junior since his infraction in 2019," CEO Trevor Nisbett said. "We facilitated his appeal and subsequent return to football, so this decision is bitterly disappointing."

“We will put that disappointment to one side now and work to arrange a suitable trade for a player who has high end talent, is a premiership player and is in the prime of his career, having played just 51 games of senior football.

“Junior has made his decision and while he has indicated Port is his preferred destination we will work to get the best outcome for our club.”


Very disappointing from Rioli ... still can't believe he has done this when WCE went above & beyond to support him :(
The word disloyal comes to mind. It's not often a player "owes" a club... But in this unique case, he certainly did.

Hope the Eagles play hard ball and get a good pick for him that we use wisely.
 
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The word disloyal comes to mind. It's not often a player "owes" a club... But in this unique case, he certainly did.

Hope the Eagles play hard ball and get a good pick for him that we use wisely.
It would of been very easy to delist him after the doping debacle, instead we footed all his bills/ kept him on the list for 2 years when he was ineligible to play - he wouldn't have a career/ still be in the AFL system right now I doubt if we didn't support him. Very unlikely that another club would take him being "damaged goods" & the baggage that comes with having him. This upcoming preseason would of been the first preseason we he was available to train with the whole team from the start for 3 years ... a chance to get himself in top shape & repay the faith the club had in him through his tough period, instead he does this ... unbelievable :mad:
 
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