TRENT Cotchin says Richmond’s “unique” brand will help the Tigers avoid a Western Bulldogs-style premiership hangover.
Cotchin and the Tigers’ senior players, including Brownlow Medallist Dustin Martin, started their 2018 campaign with a training session at Punt Rd this morning.
Jack Riewoldt, who is in Tasmania with the club’s new draftees, was the only notable absentee while Daniel Rioli limped around the boundary line after surgery to fix a broken foot.
“If you look at all the outcomes rather than the things you can control obviously there’s pressure and the outside will want us to crumble under that pressure,” Cotchin said.
“Our mentality would be we’re going out there to hunt, as we did throughout 2017.”
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The Dogs are exhibit A if Richmond players think they can just turn up and play off again on the last Saturday in September.
Cotchin said he had already spoken to the team about what they achieved and the group was now ready to tackle a new challenge.
But he said he wasn’t looking too closely at what happened at Whitten Oval.
“Without being inside the four walls you don’t know how they approached it. For us it’s just about controlling what we know works for us, but also where we think the improvement lies. We’ve got a lot of young talent, we brought new talent in and our older guys, while they’re older there is still a lot of youth there as well.
“The reality is everyone is different. Our group is unique and we’ll find out own way forward.”
2. THE LIST
The Bulldogs lost premiership defender Joel Hamling to Fremantle and welcomed Travis Cloke from Collingwood, prompting a forward line reshuffle that never really clicked in 2017.
Even Hawthorn had a regular turnover during its premiership years with the likes of Matt Suckling, Brian Lake and Lance Franklin headlining the club’s list changes (not that it affected the Hawks, further proof of their greatness).
Richmond, in contrast, didn’t lose a player during the 2017 trade period with every premiership hero plus fringe players Sam Lloyd and Anthony Miles re-signing and Ivan Maric — who didn’t play a senior game in 2017 — the only notable retirement.
The Tigers didn’t make any major additions either after bringing in Josh Caddy, Dion Prestia and Toby Nankervis in a busy 2016 off-season.
There will be at least one change from the Grand Final 22 for Round 1 next year with defender Nathan Broad suspended for three matches over the club’s topless photo scandal. He was on the track with the rest of the team today.