Richmond’s VFL coach Steven Morris has provided an insight into the Club’s mature-age recruit Tylar Young.

The 196cm key defender is inexperienced in football terms, having taken up the game in 2019, following a soccer career.

He joined the Tigers’ VFL program last year and showed plenty of promise in 14 games.

Richmond took the 24-year-old with its second pick (No. 26 overall) in last week’s AFL rookie draft and Morris feels he has the potential to develop into a valuable performer at the game’s highest level.

“Youngy’s a great kid,” Morris told Richmond Media.


“We were lucky enough to put him on our list from Frankston a couple of years ago and we’ve done our best to, hopefully, help him build upon those foundations, and I think he’s grown his game over the last 12 months.  

“He’s just so keen to grow and learn as a footy player.

“I think he’ll be one of those players that thrives in an AFL environment.


“We’re lucky enough to have some really experienced defenders at AFL level in “Grimesy” (Dylan Grimes) and “Taz” (Robbie Tarrant), and Noah Balta’s been around for a little while now.

“So, I’m super-excited for him.

“I’m really proud of the work that he’s put in.

“It’s just great for our program moving forward.”