Richmond star Shane Edwards made a silky, smooth return to a high half-forward role in the Tigers’ line-up against Gold Coast at Metricon Stadium last Saturday.

Edwards, effectively deployed in defence for the majority of this season, had 25 disposals, four inside-50s, four clearances, seven score involvements, took five marks, applied four tackles and finished with 473 metres gained in Richmond’s 92-point win.

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It was a top-class, playmaking performance by the valuable Tiger veteran that delighted his coach Damien Hardwick.

“We’ve had to use Shane in a different role this year to plug a few holes along the way,” Hardwick said.

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“He was the best score-assist player in the AFL last year and we’ve barely played him forward at all (this season), midfield as well.

“So, all of a sudden, he steps back in that role and some good things happen."