Trent Cotchin quits Tigers’ AFL captaincy
Three-time Richmond premiership captain Trent Cotchin is stepping down because the Tigers’ AFL skipper.
Richmond’s longest-serving captain will proceed taking part in in 2022 however underneath a brand new chief.
Cotchin was appointed because the Tigers’ everlasting skipper on the finish of 2012, aged simply 22, with 188 of his 268 profession video games coming as captain.
The 31-year-old felt the time was proper to stop the function after main the membership to flags in 2017, 2019 and 2020.
“The membership has constructed a very robust management tradition over the previous 5 years and we’ve some wonderful leaders at Richmond that can flourish within the captaincy function,” he stated.
“It’s an superior alternative to proceed our philosophy of pushing management deep by means of the organisation, and for me to proceed to play a job each on-field and off-field.”
Richmond’s new skipper may very well be veteran vice-captain Jack Riewoldt, though he’s near the top of his good profession.
Superstar Dustin Martin has been lauded for his management attributes by these at Punt Rd, however is notoriously media shy and would wrestle with the off-field obligations of the function.
Richmond chief government Brendon Gale thanked Cotchin for his contribution as chief of the membership throughout a golden period.
“Trent has been a powerful captain of this membership over a protracted time period – we’ve been blessed to have somebody of his character within the function,” Gale stated.
“He is such a selfless chief and this resolution underlines that – he has at all times performed what he thinks is finest for the crew.
“He will nonetheless be an enormously vital a part of our crew transferring ahead and I understand how pushed he’s to see this membership bounce again in 2022.”
Richmond missed finals this yr for the primary time since 2016.