Richmond is confident of re-signing star defender Alex Rance despite reports suggesting he may quit the game due to Jehovah’s Witness faith.
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The 25-year-old comes out of contract at the end of the season and is also believed to have had interest from the Brisbane Lions and Fremantle Dockers, however Tigers chief executive Brendan Gale assured the club’s fans that the All-Australian backman would likely remain at Punt Road.
“We remain very confident that Alex will remain a Richmond player for years to come and he’s got some things in life that he values other than footy and we respect that,” Gale told SEN radio.
“So we are letting him work through those things in his own time. But that’s sort of coming to a head now, because as you say mate we need to plan for the future and we need to plan and build our list accordingly.
“But as I said without going too far into it we’re very confident that Alex will be a Richmond player.”
Rance was selected in the All-Australian side in 2014 following a stellar season in which the Tigers made an incredible late-season charge to reach the finals.
Richmond currently sit eighth on the AFL ladder and face third-placed West Coast on Friday at the MCG.