Emerging Richmond forward Jacob Bauer has put pen to paper on a fresh two-year deal, tying him to the Swinburne Centre until the end of 2025.

The 21-year-old joined the Club with pick No. 10 at the 2022 AFL Mid-Season Rookie Draft via North Adelaide and the Sydney Swans Academy.

Bauer started his Richmond career well with 16 goals from 9 VFL matches in 2022 before taking his game to a new level this season and being rewarded with senior opportunities.


After becoming a dominant player at VFL level, both forward and in defence, Bauer earned his AFL debut in Round 17 against Sydney.

The youngster had two early disposals that night before a hamstring injury ended his night in the opening minutes.

Bauer returned to the lineup in Round 21, booting goals in his next three senior games to finish the season with a return of four majors from four AFL matches.

The 192cm strong aerial player averaged 14 disposals and five marks across 13 games at VFL level.

Bauer also booted an accurate 15.6, including four hauls of three or more goals from the games he played as a forward.


Richmond General Manager, Football Talent Blair Hartley said that Bauer’s contract extension was a reward for his strong progression.

“Jacob came on this year as a reliable key position player at VFL level, honing his craft at both ends of the ground before ultimately earning his place as a forward,” he said.

“It was pleasing to see Jacob get a taste of AFL football, and that, along with this thoroughly deserved two-year extension, should give him great motivation to continue to work hard next season.

“We are pleased with Jacob’s development and look forward to seeing what he can achieve with further opportunities.”