Premiership ‘still sinking in’ for Richmond players as they return for 2018 pre-season
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Richmond teammate Dan Butler said Martin had returned to training in prime shape and he could see no reason why the 26-year-old — who won almost every individual accolade in the game this year, including the Brownlow Medal — could not deliver another blistering year.

“I don’t see why not,” Butler said.

“He’s gotten better and better every year, so … if he can go even half as good as he did this year, it’d be still a bloody good season.

“I saw him on Friday. He was here (at Punt Rd) doing a bit of training and looked in pretty good nick, so we’ll see how he goes.”

Dustin Martin celebrates Richmond’s premiership with the fans on Grand Final Day. 

Richmond’s first to fourth-year players returned to start their pre-season on Monday, 58 days after the club broke its premiership drought.

And Butler said there had been no time wasted in leaving the glory behind and the team was “hungrier than ever” to taste success again.

“We spoke about it (on Monday morning),” he said.

“We’re like every other club, we’re trying to do the same thing again next year and we’re going to be hungrier than ever to get that feeling again.

“It was such a great experience and I know all of us will want to experience again.”

 Butler, who made his debut in Round 1 this year, said returning to the club with all the “2017 premiers” logos and memorabilia was “a bit weird”.

“It’s still a bit surreal,” he said.

“I sat down and watched the game a couple of weeks after (it happened) … it still, even after watching it, hasn’t sunk in.

“It’s a weird feeling, but in the next few weeks it will start to sink in.”

The 21-year-old played predominantly in the forward line this year, but said he would be open to a change.

“I just want to build on what I did this year,” Butler said.

Jack Higgins, the Tigers’ first selection in the draft, at his first training session. 
Dan Butler warms up with Jack Graham. 

“I’d like to get a bit more of the footy … if they want to move me on to a wing or into the midfield, I’d be open to that.

“I’m pretty happy with the forward-line role. I think we’ve got a really good bunch of blokes down there and we’ve got a lot of midfielders.

“It’d be good to get a crack in there, but I’m pretty happy in the forward line.”

Richmond’s draftees, including highly touted small forward Jack Higgins, joined their teammates for yesterday’s session.

“It’ll be good to teach him (Higgins) and if we can learn a few things from him, that’d be great,” Butler said of the 18-year-old.

“Obviously he’s been such a good player in the under-18s and we’re just looking forward to having him on board and seeing what he can provide.”

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