Three-time premiership player Nathan Broad, dual premiership wingman Marlion Pickett and impressive small forward Jake Aarts have re-signed at Richmond on two-year deals.
Broad, 27, who recently became the quickest player in the AFL era to win three premierships (70 AFL games) has been an integral part of the Richmond defence since arriving at the Club as a mature-age recruit via selection No. 67 overall at the 2015 NAB AFL Draft.
The 192cm defender capable of playing on both tall and small opponents played 16 games in 2020 averaging 10.9 disposals, 4 marks and 2.7 rebound 50s per game. Broad also ranked #4 at Richmond for one-percenters and spoils.
Pickett who was one of the AFL’s best stories in 2019 when he made his debut in the premiership win, backed up his 2019 Grand Final heroics with a consistent season playing on the wing.
The 28-year-old was a mainstay in Richmond’s team, playing 19 games for the season, including every game from round six and the 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final.
Pickett ranked #3 at Richmond for tackles, #5 for score launches, #6 for ground ball gets and in the top 10 for goal assists, inside 50s, intercept possessions and metres gained.
Aarts a mature-aged recruit from Richmond’s VFL program via Bendigo and Beaconsfield played 14 consecutive games for the Tigers after making his debut in the round five win over Melbourne.
The 25-year-old averaged 9.6 disposals, 2.3 tackles and a goal a game. Aarts ranked #4 at Richmond for goals per game and #5 for forward 50 ground ball gets.
Richmond General Manager- Football Talent, Blair Hartley, said it was exciting to keep all three players at the Club.
“Since coming to the Club from the WAFL and VFL respectively, each player has worked hard to establish themselves at AFL-level and contribute to our recent success,” he said.
“The premierships have been a fantastic reward for Nathan and Marlion, and Jake is another who had a terrific season and significant impact this year.
“We are thrilled to have them commit to the Club and look forward to seeing what more they can help us achieve.”