Richmond captain Toby Nankervis has signed a two-year contract extension which will see him remain at Punt Road till at least the end of 2026.

The 29-year-old has played 146 games in his career, 134 games for the Tigers since the ruckman joined the yellow and black for the 2017 season after a two-year stint at the Swans, where he played 12 games.

The three-time premiership player will now be at the club for ten years with his new contract extension and will continue to play a vital role as an experienced player, mentoring the new talent over the next few years.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 02: Toby Nankervis of the Tigers handballs during a Richmond Tigers AFL training session at Punt Road Oval on September 02, 2019, in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

The ruckman has been co-captain since 2022 but at the end of 2023 was made the sole captain of the Tigers.

Nankervis has had an exceptional career so far, becoming a three-time premiership player and one of the most consistent rucks in the competition.

The 29-year-old ranks number one at Richmond for contested possessions, clearances and tackles this year and is number three for contested marks.

Nankervis will play a significant role in helping the Tigers move into a new era as a club, to pave the way for the new talent and chapter at the club.

Nankervis said he is fortunate to be part of the Tigers and continue his football career with them.

“I am so grateful for the opportunity that the Club gave me seven or eight years ago; it means the world to me and my family, and hopefully, I can repay that faith,” he added.

“At the moment, I am loving seeing the young boys come through, and hopefully, I can be a big part of their journey.

“I really hope I can do what the older players did for me when I first got the footy club. Guys like Shane Edwards, Dave Astbury, and Bachar Houli really created a great pathway for us young players coming through, and hopefully, now, us experienced players can do that, too.”

Richmond football boss Blair Hartley said the Tigers are very pleased to keep Nankervis at the club for another two years.

“Toby is an excellent leader of our Club, and his experience around the group is important as we move forward,” he said.

“On the field, he always performs at a high level and drives strong standards amongst his teammates. Toby continues to be a great asset for us, and we are lucky to have him at Richmond.”

As captain of the Tigers, Nankervis' role for the next two years will be vital in helping rebuild and craft a new chapter for the Tigers. Having such an experienced player will be a huge boost for the Tigers through what may be a difficult time for the club.