After making the move to Hawthorn during last October’s free agency period, forward Ty Vickery knows just what it’s like to switch clubs, and says former teammate Dustin Martin shouldn’t rush into any decision regarding his future.
Martin will be a restricted free agent at the end of the 2017 season, with many clubs set to try and lure the 25-year-old away from Tigerland.
While Vickery would love to play alongside Martin once again, he knows the midfielder has an important decision to make, and has urged him to take his time and make sure he makes the right decision.
“I’d love to play with him again obviously,” Vickery told AFL.com.au.
“He doesn’t need to rush into a decision, he’s got 8-10 months until his contract expires.
“I’m sure he’s got a lot of good people around him advising him and he’ll make the right decision.”
While the new Hawk’s future was a topic of conversation throughout 2016, Vickery understands the same headlines will be made surrounding Martin’s contract, but says the Tiger just needs to block out those noises.
“There’ll be a lot of media speculation the longer it goes, but the reality is that doesn’t really mean anything,” he said.
“He’s just such a talented midfielder and forward and a really good kid.
“Wherever he goes, or (if he stays), he’s going to do well.
“He’s a really good teammate and Richmond are really lucky to have him, and they know that.”