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Richo to play on with Tigers in 2010

18/09/2009 06:40:29 PM Comments (0)

Richmond favourite son Matthew Richardson has a chance to join three Tiger legends in the AFL's 300-game club after confirming he will play on next season.

The 34-year-old, the league's oldest current player, was restricted to just six games this season by a major hamstring injury.

But, after receiving the strong support of new coach Damien Hardwick to play on, Richardson will continue into an 18th season.

"I feel pretty good and I'm really looking forward to getting back running, so I'm pretty sure everything will work out all right," he told radio station Vega FM on Friday.

Asked if that meant he would play on next season, he said: "Yes".

Richardson has led the Tigers' goal-kicking 13 times in the past 17 seasons, winning the club's best and fairest award in 2007.

He also had a stellar 2008, finishing third in the Brownlow Medal count, before having this year derailed by injury.

The fan favourite currently sits on 282 AFL matches, sixth on Richmond's all-time list, although that includes just three finals, all in 2001.

If he can notch 18 more games next season, he will join rare company, with Kevin Bartlett, Jack Dyer and Francis Bourke the Tigers' only 300-gamers.

It would be a remarkable achievement for a player who was cut down by serious injuries in 1995 and 2000 and also missed most of this season.

Richardson's decision means he will be one of three players aged 30-plus at Tigerland next year, along with Ben Cousins and Troy Simmonds.

Joel Bowden, Kane Johnson and Nathan Brown have all departed.

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