Richmond midfielder Anthony Miles is reportedly set to leave the club during the upcoming trade period as he struggles to break into the senior side, according to the Herald Sun.
After playing 19 senior games last season, Miles has played just five matches in 2017, and hasn’t been able to make an impact at AFL level.
The 25-year-old has finished in the top six of Richmond’s best and fairest counts over the past two seasons, but has been resigned to the VFL with the Tigers streaking into the preliminary final in the AFL.
The Tigers see Miles as a rather one-dimensional player, and while he finds the football and is one of the best clearance players in the VFL (he has averaged 32 disposals and eight clearances in the VFL this season), Richmond believe his inability to play any other position counts against him.
Victorian clubs such as Essendon and Carlton are both looking to add midfield depth, while West Coast and Brisbane could also offer interstate opportunities for Miles.
As well as Miles, young forward Ben Lennon could be shopped during the trade period once again, after the Tigers failed to find a suitor during last year’s off-season.
Richmond however are keen to re-sign two other forwards in the near future, as Jacob Townsend and Shai Bolton are required players next season.
Townsend has kicked 13 goals from three games after breaking into the side in round 22, while Bolton has impressed during his six games in 2017, and still has a year to run on his current deal.
The Tigers are set to enter negotiations for a contract extension with Bolton’s manager Ralph Carr in the near future, who was also a key member of Dustin Martin’s re-signing this season.