Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has paid tribute to Trent Cotchin on him becoming the captaincy games’ record-holder at Tigerland.

Cotchin led the Tigers into the field of battle for the 169th time in last night’s semi-final win against St Kilda at Metricon Stadium, surpassing Percy Bentley’s record of 168 games as the Club’s captain from 1932-40.

“We’re all incredibly proud of him. He's been a warrior for us. He'll be an all-time great, and just the way he's led this club since he took over has been enormous really,” Hardwick said at his post-match press conference.



“His journey, our club's journey, has been on the back of him. He’s just really important.”

Cotchin had 19 disposals, three marks, three rebound-50s, six intercepts, four score involvements and three one-percenters in last night’s clash with the Saints.

The dual Richmond premiership skipper will reach the AFL 250-game milestone in Friday night’s preliminary final against Port Adelaide at Adelaide Oval.