Young excitement machine Shai Bolton’s impressive progress in 2021 has been further underlined through a thorough statistical analysis of Richmond’s playing group for the season.

Bolton features in the top five of the key stats categories more than any other player at Tigerland.

The dual premiership Tiger appears 16 times in the 21 specific categories (four times as No. 1).

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Triple Norm Smith Medallist Dustin Martin, despite missing the last five games of the season with a lacerated kidney, still managed to finish second on the list of Richmond stats stars in 2021.

Martin is ranked in the top five of the categories 13 times, while this year’s Jack Dyer Medal equal runner-up, Jack Graham, comes in third with 11, followed by Liam Baker, nine, and then Jayden Short, Trent Cotchin and Jack Riewoldt all on seven.

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Short has the most No. 1 rankings in the categories with six.

Here is the full list of Richmond’s stats stars for season 2021 . . .

Kicks

1 – Jayden Short, 411

2 – Liam Baker, 238

3 – Jack Graham, 220

4 – Shai Bolton, 208

5 – Trent Cotchin, 206

Handballs

1 – Liam Baker, 208

2 – Jack Graham, 198

3 – Shai Bolton, 185

4 – Marlion Pickett, 163

5 – Dustin Martin, 162

Disposals

1 – Jayden Short, 542

2 – Liam Baker, 446

3 – Jack Graham, 418

4 – Shai Bolton, 393

5 – Dustin Martin, 362

Contested possessions

1 – Liam Baker, 178

2 – Shai Bolton, 168

3 – Toby Nankervis, 165

4 – Trent Cotchin, 160

5 – Dustin Martin, 151

Uncontested possessions

1 – Jayden Short, 363

2 – Jack Graham, 298

3 – Liam Baker, 277

4 – Shai Bolton, 232

5 – Dustin Martin, 210

Clearances

1 – Shai Bolton, 71

2 – Toby Nankervis, 69

3 – Trent Cotchin, 68

4 – Dustin Martin, 57

5 – Shane Edwards, 47

Centre clearances

1 – Shai Bolton, 32

2 – Dustin Martin, 30

3 – Trent Cotchin, 29

4 – Shane Edwards, 24

5 – Toby Nankervis, 22

Stoppage clearances

1 – Toby Nankervis, 47

Eq. 2 – Shai Bolton, 39

Eq. 2 – Trent Cotchin, 39

4 – Dustin Martin, 27

5 – Jack Graham, 24

Inside-50s

1 – Shai Bolton, 96

2 – Jack Graham, 86

3 – Dustin Martin, 84

4 – Liam Baker, 65

5 – Trent Cotchin, 57

Rebound-50s

1 – Jayden Short, 151

2 – Nick Vlastuin, 63

3 – Bachar Houli, 57

4 – Noah Balta 48

5 – Dylan Grimes, 47

Intercepts

1 – Dylan Grimes, 159

2 – Liam Baker, 101

3 – Jayden Short, 97

4 – Nathan Broad, 94

5 – David Astbury, 87

Marks

1 – Jayden Short, 134

2 – Dylan Grimes, 119

3 – Jack Riewoldt, 107

4 – David Astbury, 93

5 – Nathan Broad, 89

Contested marks

1 – Tom Lynch, 31

2 – Jack Riewoldt, 27

3 – Dylan Grimes, 22

4 – Noah Balta, 20

Eq. 5 – David Astbury, 11

Eq. 5 – Shai Bolton, 11

Eq. 5 – Nathan Broad, 11

Eq. 5 – Callum Coleman-Jones, 11

Marks inside 50

1 – Jack Riewoldt, 68

2 – Tom Lynch, 52

3 – Shai Bolton, 23

4 – Jason Castagna, 17

5 – Dustin Martin, 15

Goals

1 – Jack Riewoldt, 51

2 – Tom Lynch, 35

3 – Shai Bolton, 23

4 – Dustin Martin, 19

5 – Jake Aarts, 18

Goal assists

1 – Shai Bolton, 20

2 – Jack Riewoldt, 17

3 – Dustin Martin, 16

Eq. 4 – Jack Graham, 15

Eq. 4 – Tom Lynch, 15

Score involvements

1 – Jack Riewoldt, 132

2 – Shai Bolton, 121

3 – Jack Graham, 117

4 – Tom Lynch, 115

5 – Dustin Martin, 95

Tackles

1 – Jack Graham, 122

2 – Marlion Pickett, 62

3 – Liam Baker, 61

Eq. 4 – Trent Cotchin, 57

Eq. 4 – Toby Nankervis, 57

Tackles inside 50

1 – Jack Graham, 27

2 – Jake Aarts, 23

Eq. 3 – Tom Lynch, 19

Eq. 3 – Shai Bolton, 19

5 – Jack Riewoldt, 18

One-percenters

1 – Dylan Grimes, 120

2 – David Astbury, 68

3 – Nathan Broad, 64

4 – Toby Nankervis, 61

5 – Liam Baker, 54

Metres gained

1 – Jayden Short, 12,013

2 – Shai Bolton, 7005

3 – Jack Graham, 6686

4 – Dustin Martin, 6143

5 – Kamdyn McIntosh, 6132

Total

16 – Shai Bolton

13 – Dustin Martin

11 – Jack Graham

9 – Liam Baker

7 – Jayden Short, Trent Cotchin, Jack Riewoldt

6 – Toby Nankervis, Tom Lynch

5 – Dylan Grimes, Nathan Broad

4 – David Astbury

2 – Shane Edwards, Marlion Pickett, Jake Aarts

1 – Nick Vlastuin, Bachar Houli, Noah Balta, Callum Coleman-Jones, Jason Castagna, Kamdyn McIntosh