Richmond key forward Jack Riewoldt will be a Tiger until at least the end of the 2019 season, after signing a three-year contract extension this week.
Riewoldt was due to come out of contract at the end of the 2016 season, but the 26-year-old has moved early to put pen to paper on a new deal.
Riewoldt’s extension comes the week after All-Australian defender Alex Rance re-committed to the Club, with captain Trent Cotchin and emerging midfielder Dustin Martin also re-signing recently.
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“To secure Jack for an extra three years is a great result for the Club, and all Richmond fans,” said Richmond General Manager of Football, Dan Richardson.
“Jack qualified for Free Agency at the end of 2016, but he had no interest in playing anywhere but Richmond, and had no hesitation in extending his contract.
“To extend his contract demonstrates a great faith by Jack in the direction the Club is heading, and his willingness to be a part of it.
“Jack has been an incredibly consistent performer on field during his career so far, and has grown to become one of our most respected leaders.”
Riewoldt said he had no hesitation in signing a contract extension.
“I’m absolutely rapt that the Club came to me and showed interest in me signing an extension,” he said.
Jack jumped at contract commitment
“The most important thing for me is to get this stuff over and done with. I jumped at it pretty quickly.”
Riewoldt is a dual Coleman Medallist (2010 and 2012), a Jack Dyer Medallist (2010) and an AFL All-Australian (2010).
He has booted 415 goals in his career to date in 169 games, and he has kicked over 50 goals for five straight seasons.
Riewoldt has been one of the Tigers’ most consistent performers so far in 2015, averaging a career-high for disposals (13.5) and marks (seven) per game, while kicking 34 goals in 12 appearances.