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Pliable Petterd a plus

Daniel Jackson of the Tigers and Ricky Petterd of the Tigers during the 2013 AFL Round 23 match between Essendon Bombers and the Richmond Tigers at the MCG, Melbourne on August 31, 2013. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Daniel Jackson of the Tigers and Ricky Petterd of the Tigers during the 2013 AFL Round 23 match between Essendon Bombers and the Richmond Tigers at the MCG, Melbourne on August 31, 2013. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)

Versatility is a cornerstone of Ricky Petterd’s game, making him a decided acquisition in the eyes of Richmond coach Damien Hardwick.

Petterd arrived at Tigerland at the end of 2012, following a six-season stint with Melbourne, where he’d been used predominantly up forward.

In his 2013 debut season as a Tiger, however, Petterd found himself spending a good deal of time up the other end of the ground. 

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He made a valuable contribution as a creative backman, using his mobility, marking ability and courage to good advantage for the team.

This season, the 25-year-old expects some further interesting rides on football’s positional merry-go-round.

“I’ll probably be pushed around a little bit again,” Petterd said on ‘Sportsday’.

“I do enjoy playing back, but this whole pre-season I’ve done a lot of stuff on-ball and on the wing, so I think ‘Dimma’ is looking to just rotate a lot of players through different positions.  I think that’s going to be a big strength of ours this year.

“Not just myself, but there are a lot of players who can roll through different positions at the moment.

“So, if it happens that I have to go ‘inside’ at some stage, and someone else is on a wing, it’s not a problem.

“I think that what he’s trying to get – a bit of flexibility amongst us.”