Andrew Krakouer is Richmond’s Homecoming Hero for the 2019 ‘Dreamtime at the ‘G’ match.

The Tigers are set to pay tribute to Krakouer in the lead-up to Saturday night’s blockbuster clash with Essendon.

Krakouer will walk to the Punt Road end of the ground, where he’s sure to be warmly received by the Tiger Army.

He’ll kick a ceremonial goal, then sign the football and present it to a Richmond fan in the crowd.

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Highlights of Krakouer’s playing career with the Tigers also will be shown on the MCG’s big screens.

Andrew Krakouer, an Indigenous, clever, small forward, was Richmond’s fourth pick (No. 41 overall) in the 2000 AFL national draft.

The son of former North Melbourne star Jim Krakouer, he was recruited from WAFL club South Fremantle and made his senior debut with Richmond in Round 7 of the 2001 season against Essendon at the MCG.

Although the then 18-year-old had only four disposals that day, he kicked two goals and showed flashes of brilliance.

Krakouer played a total of three AFL games that season and then 13 in 2002 (nine goals).

It was the following year that he established himself as a valuable, permanent member of the Tigers’ senior side.

He finished second in the Club’s leading goalkicker award for 2003 with 22 goals, was third in 2004 with 20 goals, fourth in 2005 with 23 goals and fourth again in 2006 with 19 goals.

His best goal return in a match during his time at Tigerland was five, which he scored twice – against Essendon, Round 7, 2003 and against Carlton, Round 7, 2005.

In the 2004 season, Krakouer underlined his excellent tackling ability, being ranked first at Richmond for tackles (95) and ninth competition-wide.

All-up, Krakouer played 102 games and kicked 102 goals in a seven-season career with the Tigers from 2001-07, before returning to WA, where he dominated for Swan Districts.

Krakouer subsequently had another stint in the AFL at Collingwood, and he was a member of the Magpies’ 2011 Grand Final side, kicking three goals in their loss to Geelong.

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Richmond great Matthew Richardson rates Krakouer as the best pack crumber he ever played with, ahead of clever forwards such as Chris Naish and Nick Daffy.

“When you were in a pack-marking situation and brought the ball to ground, you generally went to ground yourself. I just remember being on the ground at times and he’d already kicked a goal. It was just pure crumbing from hitting the ball at pace at the right time,” Richardson said.

“It's not something many people are blessed with, to be able to read the ball off the pack like that.

“He’d take the ball and get rid of it quickly while other people were still lying on the ground.”

Andrew Krakouer profile

Born: February 4, 1983
Height: 176cm
Playing weight: 76kg
Recruited by Richmond from: South Fremantle (WAFL)
Guernsey number at Richmond: No. 27
Debut at Richmond: Round 7, 2001 v Essendon, MCG
Games at Richmond: 102
Goals at Richmond: 102

Here is a list of Richmond's Homecoming Heroes since 2014...

2014, Rd 2: Michael Green2014, Rd 4: Kevin Bartlett2014, Rd 6: Bryan Wood
2014, Rd 13: Kevin Morris2014, Rd 14: Wayne Walsh2014, Rd 16: Barry Richardson
2014, Rd 19: Rex Hunt2014, Rd 20: Francis Bourke2015, Rd 2: Bill Barrot
2015, Rd 5: Andrew Kellaway2015, Rd 7: Mark Lee2015, Rd 9: Derek Peardon 
2015, R12: Dale Weightman2015, R15: Matthew Richardson2015, R17: Dick Clay
2015, R20: Barry Rowlings2016, R6: Matthew Rogers2016, R7: Jake King
2016, R8: Nick Daffy2016, R12: Nathan Foley2016, R14: Dan Jackson 
2016, R17: Scott Turner2016, R20: Jim Jess2016, R21: John Ronaldson
2016, R22: Graeme Bond2017, R2: Roger Dean  2017, R3: Richard Clay
2017, R8: Mick Malthouse2017, R10: Michael Mitchell2017, R13: Shane Tuck
2017, R14: Paul Broderick2017, R18: Stephen Mount2017, R20: Graham Burgin
2017, R23: Trevor Poole2018, R3: Michael Roach2018, R4: Michael Gale
2018, R7: Craig Lambert2018, R10: Stephen Rae2018, R16: Chris Naish
2018, R19: Tony Jewell2018, R20: Gareth Andrews2018, R22: Mark Eustice
2018, R23: Nathan Brown2019, R2: Geoff Raines2019, R9: Darren Gaspar
2019, R10: Andrew Krakouer