According to a prominent AFL journalist, there is a “very good chance” that Dustin Martin will leave Richmond at the end of the season.
The Tigers superstar suffered an unusual soft tissue injury over the weekend and has filed a mild hamstring complaint to avoid a 17th-round clash with the Gold Coast.
Richmond coach Demien Hardwick said he took time from Punt Road earlier in the year to “figure out what it takes to move forward.”
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Martin has a contract until the end of 2024 but nine-year-old Sam McLurry has indicated that the 13th season of the Brownal medalist could be final in Richmond.
“Now that we are sitting here, there is a big chance that Martin will not play in Richmond next year,” McClure told 3 AW’s Sportsday.
“I don’t know this room (which club he is going to). i guess .
“Sydney continues to be mentioned. He had a Sydney love affair,” said Ralph Carr, the manager.
Damien Hardwick was on the record saying that he would go with my blessing if he wanted to leave soon.
At the start of the year when Martin was considering his future, Tigers coach Hardwick said he would not stand in the way of his three-time Smith medal if he wanted to continue his football career outside of Melbourne.
“I would say he is a very important player for our club, both on and off the field, and he has paid the price,” Hardwick said.
“Dustin’s decision is a matter for Dustin, no matter what the future holds, and to be honest, he has received my blessing. What he gave me, us, our fans was unbelievable.
“Everything we get from this is a real bonus in my view, so fortunately I look at him as he does every week, just like the rest of us, and I train him the way he does.”
Martin has long been associated with family and lifestyle in moving to New South Wales. He spends most of his free time in Sydney. He visited GWS facilities in 2013 and was about to join the expansion club.
It owes $ 2.6 million over the next two seasons, making it difficult for Sydney or GSS to match its wage capital, but it is not impossible.
“They’ve extended Dustin’s contract. This is the easiest way to do that,” McClure said.
“You pay $ 1.3 million for two years, you spend two years with less money.
“Four-year contract, give him two more. (Tell him) Tell me you will probably play it completely in the future. Dustin Martin and Lance Franklin have been on the same front line for a year – members sell themselves.