Josh Schache has been tracked by Richmond.
Josh Schache has been tracked by Richmond. JULIAN SMITH

Tigers moving away from Lions forward Schache

RICHMOND is set to pass on Brisbane forward Josh Schache after a tracking him all season.

Tigers talent manager Dan Richardson confirmed the club had also met with Jake Stringer's manager but said the Tigers were focused on November's national draft.

Schache, a former No. 2 draft pick, surprisingly re-signed with Brisbane in June but was still on Richmond's radar as the club looks for another tall forward to help Jack Riewoldt.

The two clubs spoke informally about what a trade could look like after Schache ended his season early, returning home to Victoria instead of playing in the NEAFL grand final.

Asked if Schache would be at Punt Rd next year, Richardson said: "I don't think so.

"I think our focus this year will be predominantly to retain our two first-round picks."

The Tigers have two picks at the end of the first round after acquiring Geelong's top selection last year via GWS in the Brett Deledio trade. One of them will be used on highly-rated father-son prospect Patrick Naish.

"There's a few balls in the air there with what we do but I imagine at this point we're fairly comfort retaining our first-round picks," Richardson said on SEN.

He confirmed the Tigers had shown interest in Stringer but wouldn't be going further down that path.

"We spoke to his management ... you're always looking at who's available and if they're going to be the right option and fill a need on your list, but we probably felt at the end that Jake's not filling a specific need for us.

"He's a very good player but with Trent Cotchin and Dustin Martin and some good young players coming through we've got that (midfield-forward role) covered fairly well."

Richardson said Richmond's Grand Final appearance was vindication of a long-term recruiting strategy and coach Damien Hardwick, who predicted a "quick bounce" after a 13th-placed finish last season.

"Dimma articulated that and I know he got caned for that but ... that was the shared view across our whole footy club.

"(It's) a credit to the whole club for sticking to a plan despite some external pressures."

News Corp Australia


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