A new era under Adem Yze has begun at Tigerland, with Richmond looking to bounce back from a 10-win campaign that included the departures of premiership icons Damien Hardwick, Jack Riewoldt and Trent Cotchin.

Without an early draft selection and with little movement in the trade period, the Tigers' list hasn't undergone a large restructure despite the coaching change, with Richmond only making one delisting ahead of 2024 to show they're settled with their list.

The recovery of star forward Tom Lynch will be integral in Yze's side potentially challenging for a September return, while the addition of Jacob Koschitzke from Hawthorn adds to Richmond's new-look forward plans.

With a string of Tiger cubs looking to make a name for themselves during this period of change at Punt Road, we've looked to identify what Richmond's best 23-man side might look like in Yze's first year at the helm.



1. Defenders

The Tigers are set to welcome the return of young key backman Josh Gibcus following a season riddled with hamstring issues, with the 20-year-old set to offer some freedom in Adem Yze's key-position plans.

His likely return will allow Yze to consider playing Noah Balta at the other end of the field given Richmond's need for forward reinforcements, while Tylar Young and Nathan Broad are also in contention for key defensive roles down back.

Veteran premiership pair Nick Vlastuin and Dylan Grimes will hold their posts as the leading names on Yze's last line, offering plenty of voice and defensive work rate as staples of the side.

Nick Vlastuin during the 2022 AFL Round 19 match between Richmond and Fremantle (Photo by Cameron Grimes / Zero Digital Media)

Since transitioning to defence from the forward line, speedster Daniel Rioli has only continued to grow as one of the game's best half-backs and could re-enter the All-Australian conversation after earning a squad selection last year.

Best and fairest winner Jayden Short is another household name who will likely share his time between the backline and midfield following another fine year for the two-time premiership player.

Swingman Jacob Bauer is another who could split his time in defence given his potential need as a forward target, as could Ben Miller, while the Tigers' young defensive ranks of Sam Banks, Tom Brown and James Trezise all got a look at AFL level this year.