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Tigers promote rookie Lambert

Pre-season Round 2: Lambert starts the lead Mature age recruit Kane Lambert kicks the first for Richmond, in the second pre-season match against Port Adelaide.
Kane Lambert of the Tigers in action during the 2015 NAB Challenge Week 3 match between the Richmond Tigers and Port Adelaide Power at Lavington Sports Ground, Albury on March 14, 2015. (Photo: Justine Walker/AFL Media)
Kane Lambert played all three pre-season matches

Richmond has elevated rookie Kane Lambert onto its senior playing list for the 2015 season.

Lambert won the spot after featuring prominently in the Tigers’ pre-season campaign, since arriving at the Club with pick 46 in the 2014 Rookie Draft.

The 23-year-old staked his claim for senior list elevation with 15 disposals and eight tackles against the Western Bulldogs last month, and followed up with 12 disposals and a goal in the win against Port Adelaide two weeks later.

Sign up as a Richmond member for the 2015 season

He won 10 possessions and kicked a goal against North Melbourne last weekend.

Before being drafted, Lambert was classed as one of the standouts in the VFL, during stints with the Northern Blues and Williamstown.

He won the Fothergill-Round Medal in 2013 as the VFL’s most promising young player, and was prolific in the Seagulls’ finals series last year.

“He's been really impressive,” said Richmond coach Damien Hardwick.

“He's a mature-age prospect, so we always expected him to be a little bit further advanced than our first-year players.

“The way he's attacked his training, and the way he's fitted into the Club, has been outstanding.”

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Lambert has set himself a few simple goals for his first season at the highest level.

“I just want to improve every day.  Always had, at the back of my mind, what I could achieve being a full-time footballer, and now I’m here I’m just trying to make the most of every opportunity,” he said.

“This is a great opportunity for me to be able to show what I can do, and I’m really looking forward to it.”