Two-time premiership winger Kamdyn McIntosh has declared Richmond can win the flag because the Tigers put together to welcome again Dustin Martin and Jacob Hopper.
The Tigers sit 1-1-1 after a draw with Carlton, a win over Adelaide and a loss to Collingwood.
After a few leaner years, lacking the finals in 2021 then making an elimination remaining exit final 12 months, McIntosh was assured a reinvigorated Richmond may contend once more this 12 months.
“Dimma (coach Damien Hardwick) is basically good at emphasising how good a aspect we’re after we’re at our greatest and I feel that we simply need to present everybody that we’re a great aspect, and we belong on the high,” he informed reporters on Tuesday.
“The final couple of years we have not been up there.
“This 12 months is a 12 months that we actually need to present ourselves and simply put our foot down.”
The Tigers recruited Hopper and teammate Tim Taranto to rejuvenate their midfield whereas Maurice Rioli, Samson Ryan and Hugo Ralphsmith have all given spark.
“I feel (we can contend). We’ve introduced in a few nice recruits – Hopper and Taranto. Having a wholesome checklist will assist as effectively,” McIntosh mentioned.
“Youth coming by way of, plenty of expertise.
“When the crew’s firing at our greatest, we can beat anybody and we consider that.
“We’ve received a terrific aspect, our connection, the camaraderie across the taking part in group’s superb. So I feel we can go far.”
McIntosh will play his a hundred and fiftieth sport in opposition to the Western Bulldogs on the MCG on Saturday.
Hopper (knee) and Martin (hamstring/basic soreness) will add much-needed energy and explosiveness to a Richmond outfit effectively overwhelmed by Collingwood across the contest.
“They skilled effectively at the moment, so they need to be up for choice this week, I’m assuming,” mentioned McIntosh.
But Jayden Short (calf) will probably wait one other week or two after restricted coaching time on Tuesday.
“Shorty, he is out on the sidelines chirping up however his calf’s wanting alright,” McIntosh mentioned.
“Hopefully perhaps one other week or two (away). I’m not 100 per cent positive.”
McIntosh may have household over from Western Australia for his milestone match, the primary time since 2019, when he missed out on each the VFL and AFL premierships as an unused emergency held over for the senior grand remaining.
The hard-running winger mentioned the starvation to add to his 2017 premiership medal had motivated him to assist the Tigers declare the 2020 flag, whereas he was assured he nonetheless had loads of years left in him.
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