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Tigers not out of their depth

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 22: Shai Bolton of the Tigers (left) celebrates with Shane Edwards of the Tigers during the 2018 AFL round 01 match between the Richmond Tigers and the Carlton Blues at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on March 22, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media)
Shai Bolton and Shane Edwards after Round 1 of the 2018 season

Although Richmond traded out four players during this year’s AFL trade period – Anthony Miles, Corey Ellis, Sam Lloyd and Tyson Stengle – the Club’s depth of playing talent is far from shallow.

That foursome managed just 12 senior games between throughout the 2018 season (Lloyd seven, Ellis four, Miles one and Stengle none).

In comparison, four other young Tigers – Callum Moore (six), Connor Menadue (five), Shai Bolton (three) and Liam Baker (three) – combined for a total of 17 senior appearances.

Moore, Menadue, Bolton and Baker, plus other talented youngsters in Ryan Garthwaite, Oleg Markov, Noah Balta and Patrick Naish, appear ready to step up next season if required.

Throw in the possibility of some mature-aged, ready-to-go recruits arriving at Punt Road via the upcoming AFL drafts, and Richmond will enter the 2019 season with solid playing depth.