Richmond has secured GWS midfielder Jacob Hopper as part of a trade with the GIANTS today.
In exchange for Hopper and picks No. 53 and No. 63 overall, Richmond has parted ways with its future first-round selection and selection No. 31 at this year’s draft.
Hopper has agreed to a seven-year deal at the Swinburne Centre, tying him to Richmond until the end of 2029.
The 25-year-old from Leeton in Southern NSW was selected by GWS with pick No. 7 overall at the 2015 AFL National Draft.
Hopper has played 114 matches at AFL level, with 2021 his most dominant year- averaging 26 disposals, 3.8 tackles, and 4.3 inside 50s per game.
Hopper polled 15 Brownlow votes in that campaign, including in both games against Richmond. He was also named in the All Australian squad of 40.
A natural leader, Hopper will inject grunt, genuine ball-winning ability, and tackling pressure into the Tigers’ midfield brigade.
Richmond General Manager- Football Talent Blair Hartley said Hopper’s acquisition would bolster Richmond long-term.
“Jacob has a skill set that we know can help us across the coming years, so it is very exciting to secure this trade with the GIANTS,” he added.
“At only 25, we believe Jacob’s best is yet to come, and we look forward to him continuing to build off the outstanding seasons of AFL football he has already put together.
“We thank GWS for their cooperation in facilitating Jacob’s request to return to Victoria, where he completed his studies, and are pleased to have been able to find a suitable trade that benefits both parties.”
Hopper's acquisition complements the inclusion of Tim Taranto on the opening day of the Continental Tyres AFL Trade Period.