ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 01: Jackson Trengove of the Power and Ivan Maric of the Tigers competes in the ruck during the round 15 AFL match between the Port Adelaide Power and the Richmond Tigers at Adelaide Oval on July 1, 2016 in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Maric signs one-year contract extension

Richmond has re-signed ruckman Ivan Maric for the 2017 season.

Maric, who managed just three senior games in 2016, will play on into a 12th AFL season and a sixth season with Richmond.

The 30-year-old was hampered by a back injury early in 2016, before losing the No.1 ruck spot to Shaun Hampson.

“After a personally testing year, I took time to consider my options, but ultimately the friendships and connections I have with my teammates make Richmond my home, and where I belong,” Maric told

“I believe I am capable of playing good football at AFL level, and will continue to show guidance and leadership on and off the field.”

Despite speculation Maric could play elsewhere in 2017, general manager of football Dan Richardson told the club’s website they were pleased to have re-signed Maric.

“We’ve been in discussions with Ivan for a number of weeks, and we’re really pleased he’s staying with us in 2017,” Richardson said.

“Ivan is a fierce competitor and gives his all in every training session and game he plays, and his teammates thrive off that.

“He’s also a great leader and positive role model, not just for his teammates, but everyone at the Club, and we look forward to seeing more of that in 2017.”

Marci has played 80 games for the Tigers since crossing from Adelaide at the end of 2011.