THE club unlikely to make a move for Jake Stringer, a Dee pumps up trade target Jake Lever and what’s driving the Tigers.
That and more in Media Watch!
WHY SAINTS MIGHT DODGE STRINGER
THE Cats and Bombers are circling out-of-favour Bulldog Jake Stringer - yet the Saints might not be joining them.
Fox Sports News’ Jake Niall reports that the Saints will do their “due diligence” on Stringer but may not look to pursue him.
“Geelong are one of the clubs that are in for him ... Essendon have a fair bit of interest,” Niall said on Fox Sports News’ AFL Tonight.
“There are other clubs that are looking at Jake Stringer. St Kilda’s one club that is doing due diligence on Jake Stringer, so St Kilda will investigate him but I think it’s unlikely that he’ll be going there.
“The club will cover its bases and have a look, obviously he’s had his off field issues, he’s not reached his potential over the last couple of years but he’s an enormous talent and All-Australian.
“(They’ll) investigate it, look at it and I think in the end they won’t be the club he’ll go to.”
St Kilda coach Alan Richardson has said Stringer’s “elite” attributes make him a tantalising prospect.
“(He) has some incredibly elite attributes,” Richardson told SEN on Friday. “So if he is (available), I’m sure as a list management group we’ll look at players like that.”
DEE PUMPS UP TRADE TARGET
WITH Jake Lever consistently linked to Melbourne, Demons young gun Christian Petracca says he “wouldn’t mind” having the talented Adelaide defender in his team.
Petracca was picked up by Melbourne in the same draft where Lever slipped to Adelaide’s Pick 14, largely because of a knee reconstruction that wiped out his draft year.
The energetic Demon said he’d be well and truly open to Lever joining Melbourne — though he expected his fellow Victorian to be focused on finals rather than his future at the moment.
“I wouldn’t mind him on my team,” Petracca said on Channel 9’s The Footy Show.
“But at the moment I don’t think he’ll be worrying about getting traded, I think he’ll probably be worrying about finals.”
THE SECRET INGREDIENT TO TIGERS’ SUCCESS
RICHMOND forward Josh Caddy says the players embracing a team-first attitude is what’s got them firing this season.
The Tigers will play the preliminary final next week after beating Caddy’s former team Geelong in their qualifying final.
“Everyone’s just embracing playing a role,” Caddy said on Fox Footy’s AFL 360.
“There was a lot of talk about me going to Richmond to be a midfielder and that hasn’t been the case but I don’t care because I just want to win games of footy and I think we’ve got players that are just doing that.
“We’ve got 22 contributors most weeks and definitely did on Friday night and that’s got us to where we are.”
Caddy praised coach Damien Hardwick for making the playing group feel as though they were on a level footing.
“I suppose the art of coaching is still making everyone feel as if — even though you might be playing a role — you’re still just as (important), no-one’s more valuable than anyone else,” he said.
“And when you can make everyone feel and everyone does feel that they’re an important cog in the chain, you don’t feel like you’re below or above anyone else.
“We’re all sort of pulling in the same direction.”
Having moved from Geelong at the end of last season, Caddy said being involved in Richmond’s unexpected meteoric rise up the ladder was a “special” feeling.
“I still believe it’s a pretty special feeling this year — what we’ve been able to achieve so far this year,” he said.
“And basically we haven’t achieved anything yet but to get to where we are from where the club was last year, it’s been … pretty special.
“Coming from a club where success was the norm, it just feels a little bit different I guess. So hopefully we keep that going.”
TIGERS NERVOUS ABOUT AFLW LICENCE
THEY might be roaring through September.
But the Tigers are seriously worried about missing out on an AFLW licence, according to reports.
And their fan base could play a role.
Richmond chief executive toldFairfax Media he was worried the AFL could look to bolster smaller clubs by awarding them AFLW licences for the 2019 season.
“I’m hearing the AFLW could be used as a means to help clubs increase their markets,” Gale said.
“That might be a case against us and if so that is incredibly unfair.
“I just think it would be an enormous opportunity lost to leave Richmond out of an expanded AFLW competition.”
The Tigers, North Melbourne, West Coast, Geelong and St Kilda all have provisional licences after missing out on a spot in the inaugural competition.
Essendon, Hawthorn and Gold Coast all joined this year’s bidding process, with the new licences expected to be announced on the Monday of Grand Final week.
BLUES JOIN ROCKY RACE
CARLTON is the latest club to throw its hat in the ring for former Lions captain Tom Rockliff.
The Herald Sun reported the Blues are eyeing the inside midfielder to bolster their on-ball division.
Rockliff enjoyed an excellent season off the back of being demoted from skipper to vice-captain under Chris Fagan.
The clearance specialist would provide great support for young star Patrick Cripps in the midfield.
Earlier this week, foxfooty.com.au’sJake Niall reported Rockliff was weighing up his future at the Lions, with rival clubs circling.