MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 24: Alex Rance of the Tigers walks down the race during the 2018 AFL round five match between the Melbourne Demons and the Richmond Tigers at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on April 24, 2018 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Adam Trafford/AFL Media/Getty Images)

Richmond have not ruled out an Alex Rance return, according to Triple M’s Tom Browne.

Browne told The Hot Breakfast on Tuesday morning that the club believes there is some chance the premiership defender will come out of retirement in 2020.

“My whisper yesterday is that Richmond remain very, very cautiously optimistic, or at least a chance, that Alex Rance could at some stage during the season change his mind,” Browne said.

“That’s partly why they have left him on the list”.

Tigers coach Damien Hardick kept the door ajar on Rance returning on Friday.

“At this stage he’s retired in our plans, but plans can change,” Hardwick said on Friday when speaking publicly for the first time about Rance’s decision.

“My more important thing is to make sure Alex is happy in his journey in life.

“Alex has always been an incredible player for us, but his family and his faith have always been at the forefront of his mind. Whatever makes Alex happy makes us happy.

“Is the door ajar? Probably it is, but the ball is in Alex’s court from that point of view.”

The 30-year old’s sudden retirement shocked the football world in December after 200 games.