Richmond has used its second selection (No. 43 overall) in the 2019 national draft to recruit Brisbane Lions Academy forward Noah Cumberland.
Here is a summary of what Richmond fans can expect to see from Cumberland on-field...
Club: Brisbane Lions Academy
Noah was a member of the Brisbane Lions academy and had a breakout season after not competing at that level before this year. After his NAB league games, he was selected and played all four games for the Allies before finishing his season with five games at senior NEAFL level, including playing in the Lions premiership side. For the Lions, he averaged 15 possessions and a goal a game and included nine contested possessions, four clearances and four tackles per game. The highlight was a 26-possession game including 13 contested possessions against Dandenong, when playing more of a midfield role.
His progress and improvement continued through the national carnival and he completed his carnival with an 18-possession and two-goal game against South Australia, playing a mix of half-back and half forward. He averaged seven contested possessions and five tackles per game across the carnival.
Noah has some exciting traits and is very early in his development clock, having little exposure to the elite pathway before this year. He has elite speed and loves to tackle but also has some class with his penetrating left-foot kick and goal sense. We look forward to him continuing to develop his football in our system in the coming years.