Sport AFL superstar Dustin Martin is in line to become Richmond captain
Martin one of up to a dozen contenders for Richmond captaincy
Dustin Martin will be one of up to a dozen contenders as Richmond take their time in choosing the man to replace Trent Cotchin as captain. After nine seasons at the helm, Cotchin on Tuesday night announced he would not continue as skipper in 2022. He led the Tigers for a club-record 188 games, including to three premierships.Unlike Western Bulldogs captain Marcus Bontempelli or Essendon's Dyson Heppell - who had been anointed as likely future skippers well before their official respective elevations - Richmond do not have a clear standout option to take over from Cotchin.
Dustin Martin could become Tigers skipper after three-time premiership captain Trent Cotchin announced he is stepping down.
Richmond's longest-serving captain will continue playing in 2022 but under a new leader.
Martin has been lauded for his leadership attributes by those at Punt Rd, but is notoriously media shy and would struggle with the off-field responsibilities of the role.
Cotchin was appointed as the Tigers' permanent skipper at the end of 2012, aged just 22, with 188 of his 268 career games coming as captain.
The 31-year-old felt the time was right to quit the role after leading the club to flags in 2017, 2019 and 2020.
Trent Cotchin quits Tigers' AFL captaincy
Three-time Richmond premiership captain Trent Cotchin has relinquished his leadership duties but will play on with the Tigers in 2022.Richmond's longest-serving captain will continue playing in 2022 but under a new leader.
'The club has built a really strong leadership culture over the past five years and we have some excellent leaders at Richmond that will flourish in the captaincy role,' he said.
'It's an awesome opportunity to continue our philosophy of pushing leadership deep through the organisation, and for me to continue to play a role both on-field and off-field.'
Richmond's new skipper could be veteran vice-captain Jack Riewoldt, although he is close to the end of his brilliant career.
Richmond chief executive Brendon Gale thanked Cotchin for his contribution as leader of the club during a golden era.
'Trent has been a magnificent captain of this club over a long period of time - we have been blessed to have someone of his character in the role,' Gale said.
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'He is such a selfless leader and this decision underlines that - he has always done what he thinks is best for the team.
'He will still be an enormously important part of our team moving forward and I know how driven he is to see this club bounce back in 2022.'
Richmond missed finals this year for the first time since 2016.
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