Out of contract Richmond forward Jacob Townsend remains uncertain about his future next year as both the club and the player are comfortable with where the situation is at.

If the 25-year-old wants to stay, he can remain at the club otherwise he has been encouraged to explore his options since he will have limited game time and is not guaranteed a long term contract at Punt Road.

If Townsend chooses to stay, there is a possibility that Richmond could re-draft him as a rookie, according to AFL.com.au.

The Tigers will help the mid-sized forward move to a club of his choice if he decides to leave by delisting him so that Townsend has the opportunity to go anywhere as a delisted free agent.

Starting his career at Greater Western Sydney, Townsend will be a three-club player as he was traded to the Tigers at the end of 2015.

Townsend played a key role in the Tigers' 2017 premiership success as he kicked 11 goals in the last two games in the home and away season.

This season, Townsend lost his spot in the 22 after round nine before requiring surgery for a fractured fibula in August.

He isn't expected to be back till after the Christmas break but with the addition of Tom Lynch, Townsend will have competition to get a spot in the Tigers best 22.

Townsend has played 47 games in seven seasons and has scored 32 goals.