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Vickery to help Jack in attack

By Sam Lienert 01/08/2010 06:20:05 PM Comments (0)

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick says the AFL club plans to experiment with young ruckman Tyrone Vickery as a key forward target as they search for an attacking partner for Jack Riewoldt.

Riewoldt was well held by Adelaide's Ben Rutten, although he still managed two goals - to take him to 65 for the season - as the Tigers downed Adelaide 15.10 (100) to 11.14 (80) at the MCG on Sunday.

That left him equal in the race for the Coleman Medal with Western Bulldog Barry Hall, who kicked seven against North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium.

But no other Tiger has more than 13 majors for the year.

While Richmond had 13 goal-kickers on Sunday, Hardwick said they were still searching for ways to share the load.

Regular defender Luke McGuane was used in attack on Sunday, with Hardwick happy with his contribution and return of 1.1, although he was not an imposing presence.

"We wanted to see how Luke handled playing down forward, we have found with Jack down there and since (Ben) Griffiths has gone out of the side we have not found an ideal foil for him yet," Hardwick said.

Vickery was out of Sunday's side, with Angus Graham and Andrew Browne sharing ruck duties, but looms as a future option.

"What we have to do is make a commitment to Ty to try him up forward for a period of time," Hardwick said.

"That is what he has been doing down at (VFL side) Coburg, because the way the game is headed at the moment, you probably have one dominant ruck and one secondary target.

"Ty from his under-18 days played as a forward as well, so we have to put some time into that position."

Meanwhile, veteran midfielder Ben Cousins continued his mid-season form surge, to be one of the Tigers' best against the Crows, his third impressive game since the sleeping pill drama that cost him a spot in round 15.

But Hardwick said Cousins' future beyond this season remained undecided.

"Ben to his credit is playing some really good football and it is fantastic to see him up and going," Hardwick said.

"He is infectious when he is lively and the guys enjoy playing with him and he has had another great game. We will make a list management decision at the end of the year."

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