Richmond’s trend of recruiting sons of players from other AFL clubs has continued with its drafting of Tom Brown.

The exciting 18-year-old rebounding defender, taken by the Tigers with their second pick (No. 17 overall) in the 2021 national draft, is the son of Paul Brown, who played 84 games with Geelong from 1990-98, including its 1994 and 1995 Grand Final losses.

Throughout the past couple of decades, Richmond has secured the services of the sons of North Melbourne’s Jim Krakouer (Andrew Krakouer) and Keith Greig (Matt Greig, supplementary list), Essendon’s Dean Hartigan (Brent Hartigan), Hawthorn’s Michael Tuck (Shane Tuck), Carlton’s Wayne Deledio (Brett Deledio), Footscray’s and West Coast’s Murray Rance (Alex Rance), Fremantle’s Darren Bolton (Shai Bolton), and Hawthorn’s and St Kilda’s Sean Ralphsmith (Hugo Ralphsmith).

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'Whatever it takes' - Brown

Richmond Draftee Tom Brown speaks to Richmond Media about becoming a Tiger.

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Paul Brown, a talented utility player, had a perfect record in encounters with Richmond – six games for six wins.

Brown kicked five goals against the Tigers in just his fourth game of AFL football in Round 20, of the 1990 season at the MCG (Gary Ablett senior booted 12 goals for the Cats that day). And he scored five goals in a Round 3, 1992 clash with Richmond at GMHBA Stadium.