MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 14: Tigers head coach Damien Hardwick walks off at quarter time during the round 17 AFL between the Richmond Tigers and the Greater Wester Giants at Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 14, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick’s new relationship with a young staffer at the club has been confirmed.

According to The Herald Sun‘s Jackie Epstein, Hardwick’s new romance with the staffer, a member of the of the Tigers’ commercial sales team, is causing tension with the club.

The pair were reportedly recently spotted on holiday in Queensland and around Melbourne together.

It comes after Hardwick’s split with his wife Danielle – affectionately known as Mrs Hardwick – was revealed last month.

The Herald Sun contacted Richmond for comment, who released the following statement: “The Club is aware that coach Damien Hardwick is currently in a relationship with a member of the Club’s administration staff. The Club has no concerns with this under Club policy. Beyond this, it is a private matter and we ask that privacy be respected.”

Hardwick just coached the Tigers to their third premiership in four years.