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Hardwick to hit games heights

Players react to Hardwick's news Brendon Gale announces to the playing group that Damien Hardwick has re-signed as senior coach for three more years beyond 2018.

Damien Hardwick’s three-year contract extension beyond the 2018 season means he will not only become Richmond’s longest-serving coach during that period, he’ll also move into the top 30 and perhaps top 25 on the AFL’s all-time list for games coached.

Hardwick’s 182 games as Richmond coach has him third on the coaching tenure table at Tigerland behind Club ‘Immortals’ Tommy Hafey (248 games) and Jack Dyer (222 games).

In terms of league football’s games coached list, Malcolm Blight is in 30th place with 250 games, while Mark ‘Choco’ Williams holds down 25th spot with 274 games.

Hardwick will have a minimum of 88 games as the Tigers’ coach throughout the next four seasons (plus, hopefully, quite a few more finals).

The 2017 Richmond premiership coach ranks third among current-day AFL coaches for games coached, with only Alastair Clarkson (305) and Ross Lyon (262) ahead of him.

Tigers top 10 list for games coached

1. Tommy Hafey: 248 games – 173 wins, 73 losses, 2 draws, 70.1% winning strike-rate.
2. Jack Dyer: 222 games – 134 wins, 86 losses, 2 draws, 60.8% winning strike-rate.
3. Damien Hardwick: 182 games – 92 wins, 88 losses, 2 draws, 51.1% winning strike-rate.
4. Percy Bentley: 133 games – 86 wins, 46 losses, 1 draw, 65.04% winning strike-rate.
5. Frank ‘Checker’ Hughes: 120 games – 87 wins, 31 losses, 2 draws, 73.3% winning strike-rate.
Eq. 6. Tony Jewell: 113 games – 53 wins, 59 losses, 1 draw, 47.3% winning strike-rate.
Eq. 6. Danny Frawley: 113 games – 45 wins, 68 losses, 1 draw, 39.8% winning strike-rate.
8. Dan Minogue: 104 games – 59 wins, 44 losses, 1 draw, 57.2% winning strike-rate.
9. Terry Wallace: 99 games – 37 wins, 60 losses, 2 draws, 38.3% winning strike-rate.
10. Kevin Bartlett: 88 games – 27 wins, 61 losses, 30.6% winning strike-rate.