RICHMOND premiership players Daniel Rioli and Nick Vlastuin have penned news deals that will tie them to Punt Road until at least the end of 2021.
The pair were due to come out of contract at season’s end.
Rioli has booted 51 goals in 55 games since being snared with pick 15 at the 2015 National Draft.
The dynamic 21-year-old is tipped to increase his midfield minutes this year as his tank develops.
“My grandfather (Maurice) played here and I want to play as many games as possible at this club, so I’m rapt to be on board for a couple more years,” said Rioli.
“I hope to continue what I’ve brought to the club and to try to be a leader to the younger boys coming through.”
Taken with pick nine in the 2012 National Draft, Vlastuin has 117 matches under his belt and has established himself as an integral member of the club’s backline with his run off half-back key to Richmond’s standing as one of the most attacking teams in the AFL.
“We always know what we’re going to get when Nick takes (to) the field, he’s a tough player and reads the ball so well,” Tigers football manager Neil Balme said.
“Nick’s also a great character with natural leadership qualities and, like Daniel, he’s had a fantastic pre-season and we’re looking forward to his season ahead.”
“Both Daniel and Nick are important players for our future and we’re really pleased they both see Richmond as their home.”
The Tigers commence their 2019 campaign against Carlton at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Thursday night.