Star Richmond defender Alex Rance is considering the possibility of walking away from professional football, according to reports.
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The All-Australian defender’s contract at the Tigers expires at the end of the 2015 season, and while the Tigers are desperate to keep hold of Rance, AFL.com.au reports the 25-year-old could remarkably quit the game.
Rance is expected to command upwards of $800,000 a season if he is to continue his playing career and it is believed he has become the subject of an offer from Fremantle.
The Brisbane Lions are also reportedly interested in Rance as they look to improve its its now-ageing defence.
Tigers teammate Brett Deledio told Channel Nine that the club was hopeful of retaining Rance.
“We’ll support him fully as teammates and a footy club, for my sake fingers crossed it all gets sorted out,” Deledio is quoted as saying by AFL.com.au.
“It certainly doesn’t stand out judging by the way that he’s playing at the moment, unbelievable passion and want to win every contest that he’s in.
“Rancey’s his own man and he’ll come to whatever decision he wants to.”
Rance enjoyed a stellar 2014 season which resulted in All-Australian selection.
He becomes an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2015 season, meaning he has the option of joining a rival AFL side if the Tigers cannot match an outside bid.
Rance has played 108 games for Richmond since making his debut in 2009.