Posted: 14 September, 2016
by Triple M Footy
Deledio "50-50" To Remain A Tiger
Damo says there's a huge chance star veteran will leave Richmond
Brett Deledio is a “50-50” chance at best of playing for Richmond next year, according to Triple M Footy’s newsbreaker Damian Barrett.
Deledio still has a year to run on his contract but with the Tigers viewed to be in a rebuilding phase after a dismal 2016 campaign, his name has been strongly linked to a trade deal that could get Richmond either a high draft pick or a young player from a rival team – or a combination of both.
“The fact that this has been talked about pretty significantly in a media sense now for a good six weeks and there is still no statement just to say one way or another what he’s doing, it just says to me that all options are open and available,” Damo told Triple M’s Rush Hour during the Midweek Rub on Wednesday.
Deledio has been one of Richmond’s most consistent players of recent times and has 243 games to his credit over 12 seasons at Punt Road.
The 29-year-old is also a two-time All-Australian, two-time best-and-fairest winner and Rising Star winner but had a frustrating 2016 as quad and calf injuries restricted him to a career-low 11 games.
Meanwhile, Damo insisted there was still a chance that Richmond spearhead Jack Riewoldt might depart the club too.
“If a club wants to come to them and put a very viable prospect about Jack Riewoldt - that conversation will be had too,” Damo said.
“That’s not saying he’s going, but if a club wants to, they know they can.”
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