Who wants to borrow a ruckman? Dimma supports the player loan system

RICHMOND coach Damien Hardwick has proposed a loan scheme allowing players to trade clubs during the season as the Gold Coast ruck crisis forces the Suns to search their ranks to fill the void.

The Suns will be without skipper Jarrod Witts for the rest of the season after his anterior cruciate ligament tear, which means they don’t have a recognized fit ruckman on their roster.

They will have to wait until the mid-season draft in June to add a ready-made replacement, but the Tigers coach has said he supports a loan deal that would allow clubs to trade players for short periods. if they met a specific need.

He cited 20-foot Richmond freshman ruckman Samson Ryan as an example of a player who could benefit from a loan scheme.

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“Anything that gives a young player the opportunity to play, I love it,” Hardwick said on Wednesday.

“We have a young child by the name of Samson Ryan that we would love to lend him. At the end of the day, this kid – we’re really excited about what he’s going to bring – but we have (Callum) Coleman-Jones, we have Mabior Chol, we have Samson.

“So he’s sitting there playing forward in VFL football. Not that I would like to give them Samson if he plays against us, but anything that gives a player the opportunity to play AFL [level] we should watch, absolutely. “

Samson Ryan in action at the 2020 Queensland NAB AFL combine. Image: AFL Photos

A loan model has been around for some time in football competitions around the world and also in the NRL.

The AFL proposed a ‘waiver’ type system last year after each of the first three months of the season instead of a mid-season draft where clubs could sign substitutes, but it faced opposition clubs that have indicated that they have not done so. have the means to cover it.

The Tigers will consider adding Chol to their roster this Friday night for their clash with Port Adelaide, to help fight the Power ruck duo of Scott Lycett and Peter Ladhams.

Richmond will have a number of changes for the Adelaide Oval shock, with Dion Prestia (hamstrings) and Kamdyn McIntosh (concussion) ruled out. The club expect Trent Cotchin to make the trip and Bachar Houli is also in line for a recall for his first game since last year’s Grand Final after returning to the VFL last week.

Hardwick has confirmed that the Tigers will also play at least one newbie and maybe two, with Will Martyn and Riley Collier-Dawkins in the running. Another youngster who lobbied for a first game, Hugo Ralphsmith, has accepted a one-game suspension for hitting in the VFL and will therefore not be available for AFL selection.

Winger Patrick Naish is also firmly in his first game of 2021 after a dominant VFL performance last week.

Richmond’s Riley Collier-Dawkins in action against Collingwood in the AAMI 2021 community series. Image: Getty Images

After last week’s brawl at the hands of the Swans, Hardwick said the reigning prime ministers were ready to respond against one of their challengers for prime minister.

“Sydney, to their credit, had a great game. We didn’t play particularly well. We can sit down and judge each other on one game, but I’m a pretty proud coach of a pretty proud group of players. us over the next four weeks, see how we’re doing then, ”he said.

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