Trent Cotchin will chalk up 150 games as Richmond’s captain, when he leads the team out to do battle with Collingwood in Friday night’s blockbuster at the MCG.
The top-class midfielder and 2012 Brownlow Medallist becomes only the third player in Tigerland history to reach the 150-game milestone as skipper.
Star ruckman Percy Bentley holds the record for the most games as Richmond captain – 168 from 1932-40 – including the Club’s premierships in 1932 and 1934.
Tiger ‘Immortal’, Jack Dyer, is second on the Club’s captaincy longevity list, with 160 games from 1940-49, followed by Cotchin, then Des Rowe on 104 games and Matthew Knights, 102 games.
Cotchin was just 20 years and 11 days old, when he had his first game (29th AFL match overall) as the Tigers’ captain, in Round 4 of the 2010 season against Melbourne, filling in for injured skipper Chris Newman.
He took over from Newman as Richmond’s permanent captain at the end of 2012.
Cotchin played a pivotal role in the Tigers’ drought-breaking 2017 premiership year through the considerable midfield drive he generated, along with his strong leadership.
Throughout the past few years, he’s been widely acknowledged as one of the best, most inspirational captains in the AFL competition.
There are only two current-day, longer-serving AFL captains than Cotchin – Geelong’s Joel Selwood and Greater Western Sydney’s Callan Ward.
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