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Richmond veterans Jack Rialt and Trent Cochin will play in 2023 whether or not and their exit interviews will take place on Tuesday, according to reports.

Tigers coach Damien Hardwick admits the club will put “Jamder above all else” in the game’s narrative, but the duo is confident the club can handle them if they want to continue.

“Jack has done everything he can … we’ve got a good understanding of where we are now but it’s more important where we need to go to take the club forward,” he told AFL 360.

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“The jump and the person in the jump are important, but when we make decisions, the jump is the first and foremost thing we think about. That’s a business decision, but there’s also a human element to what this person means to us.

“Tomorrow we will sit down and make a joint decision. There may be mutual arguments along the way, but we are confident that we will come to a good result.”

Riewoldt still played 21 games this season, scoring 40 goals – including three in the final defeat to the Lions.

He was a rising star for the Tigers in his final season, scoring two superb goals in four minutes.

“That’s why he’s one of the best players in the competition and has been for so long.

“That’s what we love about him and what the game loves about him.”

Hardwick said the 32-year-old former skipper Cochin falls into the same category as Rielt when it comes to his future.

“This will be a discussion tomorrow. Again, we’re probably firmly in the camp of letting those guys make the decisions,” Hardwick said.

“There will be some understanding of what that looks like contract-wise and then we’ll make that informed decision tomorrow.”

Hardwick has said the club are committed to improving their list ahead of the 2023 season – admitting he has been linked with Giants Jacob Hopper.

“We know we have to improve our list – there are some good quality players that we think can help us,” he said.

Retired Tiger Shane Edwards is led by teammates Trent Cochin (left) and Jack Rialt. Picture: Michael WilsonSource: Getty Images

We owe it to ourselves, our fans and our players to give every player in our organization the best chance to win the Premiership – we will do whatever we have to do.

One player who lives there is Dustin Martin, Hardwick said.

“I spoke to him today in a meeting – 100 percent he is in our camp,” he explained.

“Perhaps we’re slightly disappointed with the fixed media estimates as it adds one click. But the reality is it’s with us for another two years – get used to it.”

“I don’t have to ask the question (if he stays) – I know.

“He has invested in this football club. We had some meetings today and we were talking about where our list is going and everything is in there.

“He’s in the right frame of mind now.”

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