Xavier Richards of the Swans in action during the round 18 AFL match between the Sydney Swans and the Carlton Blues at Sydney Cricket Ground on July 23, 2016 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

Delisted Swan training with Dons

Former Sydney player Xavier Richards is one step closer to resurrecting his AFL career, after being delisted by the Swans last month.

Richards, who played in Sydney’s grand final loss to the Western Bulldogs, was seen at Essendon training at Tullmarine on Monday, as he hopes to earn a lifeline at a second club.

“They just invited him to train and he will probably spend this week there,” Richards’ manager, Phil Mullen told AFL.com.au.

“[We’ll] see how it all unfolds and I guess they will make a call from there. It is an opportunity for him to train as well.”

Richards, 23, played a total of 12 games for the Swans, before requesting a trade last month after rejecting a new two-year offer. However, after failing to find a new home in the trade period, he was delisted by the club.

He played 10 games in 2016, averaging 13 disposals, 5.5 marks and 1.8 tackles.