MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 30: Alex Rance of the Tigers celebrates during the 2017 Toyota AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 30, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Willson/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Richmond premiership defender Alex Rance has signed a two-year extension with the Tigers, who was already under contract in 2019, tying him at Punt Road until the end of the 2021 season.

The co-vice-captain and All-Australian skipper is regarded as one of the greatest modern day defenders, ranking no. 1 in the AFL for intercepts, no. 2 for intercept marks and no.5 for spoils this season.

The four-time All-Australian was thrilled to extend his stay at Tigerland.

“It’s amazing, you talk very much about the connection that we have, and the fun that we have at this football club, and never have I spent a time in my life where I’ve enjoyed work so much,” he told

“We enjoy each other’s company on and off the field, and to be able to go out and play in front of so many people is a pretty amazing privilege for us to have.”

Richmond general manager of football Neil Balme was equally estatic that Rance had re-committed to Richmond.

“Alex is first and foremost a wonderful person and leader at our football club, and an incredibly talented and competitive player too,” Balme told

“We’re so pleased to have a person of his character at Richmond, who cares so much for his teammates, and is great support for Trent, along with Jack in leading our playing group.”