Richmond CEO Brendon Gale and coach Damien Hardwick prior to a match during the 2021 season.

Richmond CEO Brendon Gale is convinced that the lessons learned by the Tigers after missing the finals last year will hold them in extremely good stead for season 2022.

After three premierships in four seasons, including the back-to-back flag triumphs of 2019-20, Richmond finished 12th in 2021, prompting plenty of speculation throughout the AFL football media that the Club’s most recent golden era was over.

Gale, however, is bullish about the Tigers’ prospects in the upcoming season.

“One of the things we do well as a footy club is we fail well. There’s no point just failing and not grasping the lessons that you’re served up,” Gale said on SEN.


“We reflect, we review, and we renew.

“We’ve taken a lot out of last year . . . We had the time to reflect and to gather those really important insights, the evidence, the data, and then adjust, change and reposition accordingly.

“I’m not sure where that takes us, of course, but I feel very strongly that we’ll respond.


“I can see the narrative that’s been written for us. It’s Richmond are done. They’ve climbed the mountain and they’re on the way down.

“I sense that, and I know that’s how the media works. But that’s not us . . .

“We’re a proud group and we’ll respond.”

Dion Prestia in action during Richmond's intra-club practice match last Saturday.

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