Richmond are yet to open contract talks with Sydney Stack but the defender is “going really well” and pressing for a senior opportunity, according to his agent.
With the Tigers’ backline in tatters following injuries to Noah Balta, Nathan Broad and most recently Bachar Houli, the back-to-back reigning premiers – who find themselves outside the top eight heading into round 17 – will be needing reinforcements for their game next weekend against Collingwood.
Richmond’s VFL side lost by 13 points to the Northern Bullants on Saturday but Stack, who hasn’t played at AFL level since his 10-match suspension for a hub breach on the Gold Coast last year, had 29 disposals in the clash at Preston City Oval.
The West Australian is out-of-contract at season’s end but there is no rush for a new deal. Instead the Tigers and Stack’s management decided to let things play out until late in the season after an off-season in which Stack found himself in jail in WA after breaking bio-security rules.
“No discussions around future contract at this point – that was planned [for] well in the back end of season just leave pressure off Syd and the club,” his manager Paul Peos of Inside 50 said on Sunday.
“He is more generally going really well, happy, fit and playing consistently good footy at VFL level and keen to get [an] opportunity to go up.”
Mid-season draftee Matt Parker had 31 disposals in the Tigers’ VFL defeat on Saturday as he pushes his claim for a first senior game at his second AFL club.
Triple-premiership Tiger Daniel Rioli was also prominent, finishing with 26 disposals. His cousin Maurice Rioli jnr kicked a brilliant four-bounce goal but was otherwise quiet, ending with six disposals.