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Three more Tiger list changes

Matt Thomas of the Tigers is tackled by Ben Howlett of the Bombers during the 2014 AFL Round 20 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Essendon Bombers at the MCG, Melbourne on August 08, 2014. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)
Matt Thomas has retired after 102 AFL games

Richmond has made three further changes to its playing list, with Matt Thomas announcing his retirement from league football and Matt Dea and Nathan Gordon being delisted.

Thomas, 28, played 102 games all-up in a 10-year AFL career (87 for Port Adelaide and 15 for Richmond).

The tough, inside midfielder was taken by the Tigers with their third pick (No. 42 overall) in the 2014 rookie draft, after Port Adelaide had delisted him at the end of the 2013 season.

Although Thomas was restricted by injuries during his time at Tigerland, he set a shining example for younger teammates due to his exemplary work ethic and hardness around the contest.

“I want to thank both Richmond and Port Adelaide for giving me the opportunity to play AFL football, especially Richmond for giving me a second chance,” Thomas said.

“Now is the right time to retire.  I feel I have got everything I can out of my ability and have no regrets.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Richmond and thank you to all the Tiger fans for their support.

“I sincerely hope the Club enjoy the success it deserves in the future.”

Dea also endured a bad injury run throughout his six-year career with Richmond.

He managed only 31 senior games after being selected by the Tigers with their fourth pick (No. 44 overall) in the 2009 National Draft.

The 24-year-old defender was considered unlucky not to crack it for a senior game in season 2015, with Richmond’s strong, settled backline keeping him out of the line-up.

Dea had a fine season at VFL level for Richmond, winning the team’s best and fairest award, the Guinane Medal.

Gordon, who was Richmond’s second pick (No. 50 overall) in the 2013 National Draft, following a brief stint with Sydney, played 21 senior games and kicked 18 goals for the Tigers.

The 25-year-old was renowned for his running ability and provided the team with a lively boost on several occasions when he came on as the ‘sub’ player.

The Club extends its thanks to Thomas, Dea and Gordon for the contributions they made to the Yellow and Black cause.

Richmond has now made a total of nine list changes since the end of the 2015 season with Thomas, Dea and Gordon joining Chris Newman (retired), Nathan Foley (retired), Chris Knights (retired), Ricky Petterd (retired), Matt McDonough (delisted) and Matt Arnot (delisted) as departures from Punt Road.


Matt Dea took out the Guinane Medal in 2015


Nathan Gordon played 21 senior games and kicked 18 goals for Richmond