Hardwick excited about Tigers’ future

RISING STAR: Richmond Tigers player Daniel Rioli.
RISING STAR: Richmond Tigers player Daniel Rioli. JULIAN SMITH

HAVING put the cue in the rack for season 2016, Richmond coach Damien Hardwick is looking to 2017 and beyond.

The Tigers are in 12th place, with a 6-8 win-loss record, and face the Bulldogs on Saturday at Etihad Stadium.

They have played finals the past three seasons, but without a win to show for their efforts.

Hardwick is hoping for a quick return to finals action by developing young players such as Daniel Rioli alongside Trent Cotchin, Dustin Martin and co.

"We've got some incredible talent," Hardwick said yesterday.

"We're after more players (who can) play, what we call, above the line, playing not just to a capable standard … we're after more players who can jump up.

"People only see the 22 we put other there, the top of the iceberg. What I am excited about is what is underneath. That is really exciting for us and we are going to see some of those boys play."

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