Richmond players and coaches, past and present, have paid tribute to retiring Tigers David Astbury and Bachar Houli.
Speaking to the media on Thursday morning, senior coach Damien Hardwick hailed the triple premiership-winning pair for their significant impact on Tigerland.
"Both retire three-time premiership players, but that's only really scratching the surface of what both those boys have brought to our club," Hardwick said.
"The legacy that they will leave and have built can't be measured and, to be honest, they can't be replaced.
"What those players have brought to our club has simply been incredible. They'll be missed no doubt, but will always be Richmond men and will always be welcome through our doors."
Hardwick's sentiment was shared by many, who took to social media to thank the much-loved duo for their contribution to the game.
See some of the posts below...
It’s rare to encounter two men who change the way that you think, the way you behave, the way you bring a mindset to work each day to make each other, and the team, better than you were the day before. Always missed but never forgotten ?? https://t.co/su2zkcmavt— Damien Hardwick (@hardwick_damien) August 19, 2021
What a star Dave has been and one of the good guys. Congratulations on a great career at Tigerland. https://t.co/Cc9JlFi0z0— Matthew Richardson (@mattricho0) August 17, 2021
“….he leaves as he arrived, devoted to two callings and utterly true to both”.— Brendon Gale (@brendongale25) August 19, 2021
Bachar’s footy pilgrimage comes to an end https://t.co/1t10S46Q0Q
A leader both on and off the field of sport. it’s a Privilege to know you and wishing you a healthy retirement. pic.twitter.com/3yfBXhVqQb— Peter Bol OLY (@pbol800) August 19, 2021
Big Swoop. One of the great blokes. Congrats on all that you have achieved mate. https://t.co/i5UkNUYqX8— Brett Deledio (@BrettDeledio07) August 17, 2021
A big game player and leader in the community. ?? https://t.co/w7RLektfCQ— Matthew Richardson (@mattricho0) August 19, 2021