Richmond’s mid-season recruit, Matthew Parker, will remain at the Club for the 2022 season.

Parker, 25, was a revelation for the Tigers after joining the group in June from Western Australia Football League (WAFL) team, South Fremantle.

The livewire played the final six AFL matches of the year for Richmond, averaging 13 disposals, 5.8 tackles and three marks per game.

Parker also featured in four matches for Richmond’s VFL team, showing his capability as an inside midfielder, averaging 21.8 touches and 8.5 tackles per game.

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Round 20: Parker kicks first two Tiger goals

Mature-age recruit Matthew Parker kicks his first goals for Richmond.

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Richmond General Manager- Football Talent, Blair Hartley, said Parker thoroughly deserved the extension.

“Matt did not put a foot wrong after he joined us mid-year, as demonstrated by his quick elevation to the senior team,” he said.

“We are excited to be able to keep him around for 2022 and look forward to seeing a lot more of him in Richmond colours.

“It is a credit to the work he has done behind the scenes to get himself back in a position to tackle a full AFL season ahead.”

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Marlion Pickett presents Matt Parker with his guernsey ahead of his Richmond debut against Brisbane.

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With endorsement from Richmond and the Western Australian Football Commission, Parker returned to South Fremantle last month to help the Bulldogs qualify for the WAFL Grand Final.

The 25-year-old capped off a strong 2021 season by performing well across the four finals. Parker will return to Melbourne in time for a full pre-season with Richmond.