Richmond young gun Maurice Rioli Jr has been handed the number 10 guernsey recently vacated by Tigers great Shane Edwards.

Following a glittering 303-game career at Punt Rd, triple-premiership player Edwards retired at the end of season 2022, leaving the number open.

In what appears to be quite a touching gesture, Richmond have announced that it was Edwards' decision to pass the number 10 onto the highly-rated youngster.

After playing 17 games wearing the number 49 during his first two seasons with the club, Rioli Jr has cemented himself as a dangerous small forward renowned for his elite defensive work rate.

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Season 2022 was undoubtedly his breakout year, playing 15 games as the Tigers pushed their way back into September action.

Shane Edwards and Maurice Rioli during the round 22 AFL match between Richmond and Hawthorn on August 14, 2022 (Photo by Cameron Grimes / Richmond Media)

The club has stated that Rioli Jnr is "greatly honoured to accept Edwards' offer" as he looks to emulate a man who has not only written himself into Tigers folklore, but is certain to one day be inducted into the AFL Hall of Fame.

Following a strong trade period where they acquired both Tim Taranto and Jacob Hopper from the GWS Giants, Tigers fans will be optimistic that season 2023 will be yet another to remember in their golden era.