AFL Rd 7 - Richmond v North Melbourne
GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JULY 18: Shai Bolton of the Tigers runs the ball during the round 7 AFL match between the Richmond Tigers and the North Melbourne Kangaroos at Metricon Stadium on July 18, 2020 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Richmond head into 2022 having missed finals for the first time since 2016 and are now expected to bounce back.

The Tigers dropped all the way down to 12th, in parts due to injuries, form and luck.

Primed to find themselves in contention again, with the return of injured stars and the acquisition of Robbie Tarrant, who will play a significant role in the side.

Can Richmond win their fourth flag in this premiership window? This season is sure to tell.

Ins: Josh Gibcus (National Draft), Tom Brown (National Draft), Tyler Sonsie (National Draft), Sam Banks (National Draft), Judson Clarke (National Draft), Robbie Tarrant (North Melbourne).

Outs: David Astbury (retired), Mabior Chol (Gold Coast), Callum Coleman-Jones (North Melbourne), Derek Eggmolesse-Smith (delisted), Ryan Garthwaite (delisted), Bachar Houli (retired), Patrick Naish (delisted).

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Last Season

Coming off three premierships in four years, including back-to-back in the two prior seasons, the Tigers were obvious favourites.

With a list mirroring the one that took them to the promised land in 2019-20, it looked like everything was coming up Richmond once again.

Fate had other ideas. Things started off slowly, but before the bye they managed to find themselves with a 7-5 record, while a win in Round 13 would have them a game away from the top four.

They lost however, and it was downhill from there, winning only two games past the bye.

Injuries plagued Damien Hardwick's team, including their number one player Dustin Martin, and they slid to 12th and out of finals contention.

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