Three more Tigers sign new deals
EVERY 2017 Richmond premiership player will be at the club again next year with the Tigers today confirming they have locked away the final two uncontracted members of their drought-breaking side.
As expected, small forward Jason Castagna has inked a new two-year deal while late-season revelation Jacob Townsend has signed a one-year contract extension for 2018.
Richmond has also secured midfielder Anthony Miles on a new one-year deal despite the 25-year-old playing just five AFL games this year, the club keen to retain the depth which also led it to a VFL Grand Final.
Castagna, 21, played all 25 games for the Tigers this year, kicking 26 goals and averaging almost five score involvements as a pressure forward.
Originally recruited from TAC Cup club Northern Knights with pick 29 in the 2014 Rookie Draft, Castagna forced his way onto the senior list to play six games in 2016.
Townsend, 24, admitted in September he thought his AFL career was over mid-season, having been "battling away" in the VFL all year.
However, the former GWS midfielder made the most of a surprise Round 22 call-up against Fremantle, kicking six goals as a defensive forward.
Townsend retained his spot in Round 23 and went on to play all three finals, finishing the year with 16 goals from five games including two in the grand final.
Richmond has so far confirmed seven list changes for next year.
Ruckman Ivan Maric has retired while Jake Batchelor, Todd Elton, Taylor Hunt, Ben Lennon and Steven Morris and Chris Yarran have all been delisted.
The Tigers will now be off to the AFL National Draft on November 24, where they have officially nominated father-son prospect Patrick Naish.
As the current order stands, Richmond has three selections inside the top-25 with 17, 20 and 25.