Richmond’s playing group will head north to the Gold Coast on Sunday for a six-day pre-season camp.
The Tigers have chosen to stick to the same location for the second year in a row, following a successful 2019 camp in the Sunshine State.
Assistant coach Andrew McQualter said the camp will be an opportunity to build on the pre-season and set the tone for the rest of the year, while "keeping the week pretty normal".
"It’s a good opportunity to get away…we do basically exactly what we do here with a couple of extra activities in the afternoons," he said.
"But it’s predominantly just the same week, just in a different location, which is refreshing."
Importantly, the camp will provide a chance for the younger Tigers, particularly the draftees, to enjoy quality time with their teammates.
"Any opportunity you get away from the footy club to spend time with people is good for relationships," McQualter said.
"These days (camp is) more about having fun, spending time together."
With the Marsh Community Series fast approaching, there’ll be plenty of Tigers eager to prove themselves up on the Gold Coast.
"We’ve got a really healthy competition for spots at the moment on our list and there’s lots of guys in contention for one of those Marsh Series games," McQualter said.
"So, just like every training session, there’ll be good competition.
"Everyone’s in good shape, they’re fit, they’re training well and things are looking good."
Returning to the midfield this season, McQualter, who led the forward line last year, said he has "really enjoyed" the move back.
"It’s my third (Richmond coaching role) in three years, but I did the 'mids' for two years prior to last year, so being back in there, I know all the guys quite well," he said.
McQualter said former Richmond VFL coach, Craig McRae, who now oversees the forward line, and new development coach, Sam Lonergan, have both settled into their roles well.
"It’s great to have someone with (McRae’s) experience come in...he’s got a lot of stuff he can pass onto the forward line, which he’s done with the forwards the last few years anyways," McQualter said.
"So, it’s all been pretty smooth so far.
"(Lonergan) has been a good addition as well."
Tiger fans in Queensland are welcomed to attend an open training session on Monday, January 27 at Southport Sharks, with more details here.
Players will be available post-training for an autograph session.