Michael Pickering is Richmond’s final Homecoming Hero for the 2019 season.

The Tigers are set to pay tribute to Pickering in the lead-up to Sunday afternoon’s big Round 23 clash with Brisbane at the MCG.

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Pickering will walk to the Punt Road end of the ground, where he’s bound to receive a warm reception from the Tiger Army.

He’ll kick a ceremonial goal, then sign the football and present it to a Richmond fan in the crowd.

Highlights of Pickering’s fine playing career with the Tigers also will be shown on the MCG’s big screens.

Michael Pickering was recruited by Richmond from Melbourne suburban club Vermont.

He started off with the Club’s under 19s in 1981, won their best and fairest award the following year, and went on to make his senior debut for the Tigers in the opening round of the 1984 season against Footscray at the Whitten Oval.

It was an impressive first-up performance at the game’s highest level by the then 20-year-old – 19 disposals, eight marks and three goals in his role up forward.

Pickering made 12 senior appearances all-up that season, kicking 17 goals and winning Richmond’s Best First Year Player award.

The following season, he played 14 games and booted 35 goals, including his best return in a match for the Tigers of six against Geelong at Waverley Park (Round 21).

Over the next few years, Pickering provided Richmond with excellent service, playing across the forward line, plus stints on a wing and as a ruck-rover.

His career at Tigerland was defined by his running ability, marking prowess, durability and copious courage.

Despite having a relatively slender build, he consistently displayed great bravery in hurling himself into packs to compete for marks.

Pickering was fearless in pursuit of the ball, either at aerial or ground level, and he absorbed plenty of punishment on-field without ever flinching.

He was an excellent mark and, although not quick, covered plenty of ground during matches due to his elite endurance.

The individual highlight of Pickering’s time with the Tigers came in 1988, when he won the Jack Dyer Medal. That year, he averaged 22.5 disposals and 7.2 marks per game and kicked 26 goals.

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In 1989, he was appointed Richmond’s vice-captain, and he led the team on several occasions when regular skipper Dale Weightman was out injured.

Pickering left Tigerland at the end of the 1991 season after a first-rate 136-game, 160-goal career and subsequently had two years with Melbourne.

Michael Pickering profile

Born: November 30, 1963

Height: 187cm

Playing weight: 76kg

Recruited by Richmond from: Vermont

Guernsey number at Richmond: No. 35

Senior debut at Richmond: Round 1, 1984 v Footscray, Whitten Oval

Games at Richmond (1984-1991): 136

Goals at Richmond: 160

Honours at Richmond: Jack Dyer Medal winner in 1988, Club vice-captain 1989

Here is a list of Richmond's Homecoming Heroes since 2014...

2014, Rd 2: Michael Green2014, Rd 4: Kevin Bartlett2014, Rd 6: Bryan Wood
2014, Rd 13: Kevin Morris2014, Rd 14: Wayne Walsh2014, Rd 16: Barry Richardson
2014, Rd 19: Rex Hunt2014, Rd 20: Francis Bourke2015, Rd 2: Bill Barrot
2015, Rd 5: Andrew Kellaway2015, Rd 7: Mark Lee2015, Rd 9: Derek Peardon 
2015, R12: Dale Weightman2015, R15: Matthew Richardson2015, R17: Dick Clay
2015, R20: Barry Rowlings2016, R6: Matthew Rogers2016, R7: Jake King
2016, R8: Nick Daffy2016, R12: Nathan Foley2016, R14: Dan Jackson 
2016, R17: Scott Turner2016, R20: Jim Jess2016, R21: John Ronaldson
2016, R22: Graeme Bond2017, R2: Roger Dean  2017, R3: Richard Clay
2017, R8: Mick Malthouse2017, R10: Michael Mitchell2017, R13: Shane Tuck
2017, R14: Paul Broderick2017, R18: Stephen Mount2017, R20: Graham Burgin
2017, R23: Trevor Poole2018, R3: Michael Roach2018, R4: Michael Gale
2018, R7: Craig Lambert2018, R10: Stephen Rae2018, R16: Chris Naish
2018, R19: Tony Jewell2018, R20: Gareth Andrews2018, R22: Mark Eustice
2018, R23: Nathan Brown2019, R2: Geoff Raines2019, R9: Darren Gaspar
2019, R10: Andrew Krakouer2019, R12: Jeff Hogg2019, R17: Greg Tivendale
2019, R18: Ivan Maric2019, R21: Tony Free2019, R22: Merv Keane
2019, R23: Michael Pickering