New Richmond coach Adem Yze is keen to back his young players in and provide them with continuity at senior level.

Thomson Dow is a prime example of that.

The 22-year-old midfielder struggled in the Round 2 clash with Port Adelaide, managing to pick up just 12 disposals throughout the contest.

Yze, however, kept faith in Dow for last Sunday’s Round 3 match against Sydney at the MCG.

Dow, buoyed by the strong support of his coach, responded in good style, playing a valuable role in the Tigers’ thrilling win with 18 disposals, 12 contested possessions, three marks, three inside-50s, six clearances, including a team-high four centre clearances, six score involvements and 156 metres gained.

“We’ve got Jacob Hopper and Dion Prestia out, so he’s going to get some opportunity,” Yze said in his post-match press conference.

“There’s going to be some fluctuations in his form.

“He wasn’t happy with the way he played last week . . . he was good against Carlton (Round 1).

“So, there’s just going to be these ebbs and flows in his game, but today I just really wanted to back him in and give him an opportunity inside.


“He got pushed out a little bit last week, so wanted to give him that opportunity for him to respond.

“He’s a terrific kid, he works so hard.

“We trained a lot of things that we needed to work on last week that we weren’t happy with. He was one that put in the effort, and he got the reward today.

“So, that’s the standard we know he can bring.

“We just hope that he can do it week to week.”