Trent Cotchin will step down from his role as captain for the 2022 season.

The Tigers veteran is the longest-serving captain of the Richmond Football Club, playing 188 of his 268 senior games as skipper.

Cotchin was appointed the role after the 2012 season, before leading the side to three premierships in 2017, 2019 and 2020.

The midfielder decision to step down from the captaincy duties has left some big shoes to be filled. So, who could captain the Tigers in 2022?

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We've named five options the Tigers are likely to consider.

2. Jack Graham

Age: 23

Career Games: 77

Depending on the leadership direction that Richmond elect to take, Jack Graham is primed as a long-term candidate.

At just 23 years of age, Jack Graham is already a two-time premiership player. By the time he had played five senior games, three of them were finals.

As a hearty midfielder that leads through gritty and determined acts, Graham led Richmond for tackles in 2021, averaging 5.5 per game. He was also ranked second in the competition this year for pressure acts, averaging 26.6 per game.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 20: Jack Graham of the Tigers high fives fans after winning the AFL Preliminary Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the Geelong Cats at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 20, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Speaking to SEN Breakfast earlier in the season, Graham said he thought he had some leadership qualities, but was more content to learn off guys like Cotchin, Shane Edwards or Jack Riewoldt for the time being.

The midfielder proved an ability to overcome intermittent omissions from the side in 2020, and seems to have cemented his spot in the team in 2021, playing 22 games this season.