MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 18: Alex Rance of the Tigers looks upfield during a Richmond Tigers AFL training session at Punt Road Oval on January 18, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Richmond premiership defender Alex Rance has reportedly told teammates he won’t be making a return to football in 2019, and will aim to get back on the field in 2020.

According to Fox Footy’s Tom Morris, Rance told teammates on Wednesday afternoon, which all but ended his chances of returning for a fairytale finals appearance.

Rance sustained an ACL injury in the Tigers’ round one win over Carlton earlier this season.