Midway through her first pre-season at Richmond, sign and trade period recruit Poppy Kelly says she’s tracking well towards another exciting season. 

The 22-year-old ruck, who played the past two seasons at St Kilda, has settled in seamlessly and is progressing nicely in the Yellow and Black.

"I feel like my fitness has really improved and I’ve gained a lot of confidence, I’m very excited for this season," she said.

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'Really happy to be here' -Kelly

AFLW ruck Poppy Kelly, speaks to Richmond media about her first re-season at Richmond.

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"There’s a real progress mindset (at Richmond), I feel like I'm really developing.

"(It’s) really good vibes out on the track and I'm enjoying my time with all the girls and the coaches. I’m really happy to be here."

The exciting Tiger, who has enjoyed a rapid rise up the football ranks since joining the AFLW competition in 2020, is already working well in tandem with fellow ruck Gabby Seymour. 

"I think we’ll make a good team, we’ve been working on our ruck stuff already and just developing together, it’s been really good," she said. 

"We got in early (with ruck coach Andrew Browne) and started doing craft on the bag and just working on our body work.

"Just starting to work on more connection with the midfielders, so it should be really good."

The 184cm Tiger is relishing the opportunity to hit the training track with experienced skipper Katie Brennan.

"We’ve been doing a bit of contested marking work together. (Brennan and Seymour's) work ethic is really inspiring, so I've been trying to model myself off them," she said.