Richmond's football department is set for a major shake-up at the end of the season regardless of Damien Hardwick's future.
The father — and manager — of out-of-favour Collingwood star Travis Cloke has rubbished suggestions he has approached Richmond, and insists the power forward is still "enjoying" himself.
When it comes to releasing blueprints, AFL clubs can be on a hiding to nothing. Clubs must be aspirational and strive for success on and off the field but when they fail, particularly when it comes to stocking up the trophy cabinet, supporters can quickly turn.
Richmond football department boss Dan Richardson has admitted the Tigers are "paying a price" for going down the path of seeking mature-age players, revealing they had felt supporters would not accept an eight-year rebuild.
Richmond midfielder Kane Lambert is set to miss the next three rounds of the AFL season, with scans confirming he has a punctured lung and cracked rib.
Richmond's disastrous start to the season has been compounded after skipper Trent Cotchin fractured a cheekbone against Port Adelaide and will miss the next fortnight.
Seething Richmond coach Damien Hardwick says the Tigers "embarrassed ourselves", lost dignity and played "dumb" football in a dispiriting six-goal loss to Port Adelaide which appears to have all but ended their hopes of making the finals.
Richmond's finals hopes appear all but over — and internal change is on the cards — after the Tigers crashed to a six-goal loss to an undermanned Port Adelaide on Saturday night.
Collingwood's preparations deepen for a women's team in the 2017 launch season with the club unveiling guernseys inspired by American basketball and British soccer to maximise sponsorship interest and dollars.
Out of form in defence, Troy Chaplin was swung forward in desperation, now he needs to return to the back line to fill the shoes of the league's best defender, Alex Rance.
In an unprecedented Australia Day twilight match between club heavyweights, Richmond want to host Collingwood and mark the historic arrival of the AFL women's league.
It was Leigh Matthews who confronted the AFL Commission last December, forcing the game's governIng board to pledge its desire for the ongoing survival of the Brisbane Lions.
As Essendon confirmed it won't bid for a women's team in 2017 – joining Hawthorn as the only other Victorian club not pitching - St Kilda's CEO said the new league should have more than eight sides.
While returning star Brett Deledio insists the Tigers have a list capable of winning a flag, coach Damien Hardwick would he happy if they can just recapture the form of last season.
Craig Cameron, the former Richmond football boss who left the club in an ill-fated move into the racing industry, looks set to return to the AFL in one of the game's hottest jobs at Greater Western Sydney.
Mick Malthouse has labelled Alex Rance's two-week suspension for elbowing the head of Melbourne forward Jack Watts as "over the top", with the former premiership coach suggesting the Richmond star's standing in the game should have earned him a warning from Mark Evans.
Richmond's off-field leaders have pulled down the shutters this week, just one loss away from publicly acknowledging what it has already privately accepted.
On Mea Culpa Monday just as Alex Rance's was publicly scalding himself for whacking Jack Watts, Tom Bugg asked his club if he too could apologise for his own cringeing performance in that game.
A remorseful Alex Rance hopes his "out of character" hit on Melbourne's Jack Watts will not define him for the rest of his career.