MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11: Damien Hardwick, coach of the Tigers and Blake Caracella, assistant coach of the Tigers talk during a Richmond Tigers AFL training session at Punt Road Oval on May 11, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

According to journalist Mitch Cleary, Richmond assistant coach Blake Caracella is receiving lots of attention from rival clubs.

Caracella, who joined the Tigers in 2016, has been an integral part of Richmond’s rise, but is out of contract at the end of 2018.

While clubs are surrounding to acquire his services, Clearly feels that Caracella would be ‘silly’ to leave Richmond if there wasn’t a grand offer that allows him to progress as the Tigers senior coach.

“Richmond definitely want to keep Blake Caracella, but he’s getting quite a lot of interest from rival clubs,” Cleary told SEN’s The Sporting Capital.

“He’s highly regarded at the Tigers but when you get this far into a two-year deal, and he’s out of contract for 2019, rival clubs are circling.

“He’s not going to be able to coach his own team before that opportunity for AFL senior coaching comes up.

“Maybe a director of coaching, we saw what happened with Luke Beveridge before he signed with the Western Bulldogs.

“He was offered the job at St Kilda as a director of coaching.

“If that’s where Blake (Caracella) wants to end up as a senior coach, one of these senior assistant roles would be the next step.

“But being with Richmond, look at the big games they’re playing with and the way he’s got that midfield up and running at the moment, he’d be silly to leave if there wasn’t a concrete offer for further progression out there.”