MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 20: Jack Graham of the Tigers high fives fans after winning the AFL Preliminary Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the Geelong Cats at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 20, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Footy fans have backed Richmond midfielder Jack Graham to succeed Trent Cotchin as captain of Punt Road.

Cotchin relinquished his duties as the Tigers' skipper after serving since 2012 - the longest leadership span in the club's history.

The veteran onballer's stint was as decorated as any of this era, winning three flags to snap Richmond's premiership drought and lead his club into a dynasty under coach Damien Hardwick.

Cotchin's decision to hand over the proverbial captain's armband has ignited debate between Tigers fans as to who should look to fill the large shoes left by their fearless leader.

Having put the question to you, our fans, across the course of the past week, Graham has landed favouritism to take over as captain, edging out the likes of superstar midfielder Dustin Martin and defender Dylan Grimes.

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MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 20: Nathan Broad, Jack Graham, Dustin Martin and Trent Cotchin of the Tigers sing the song in the rooms after winning the AFL Preliminary Final match between the Richmond Tigers and the Geelong Cats at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 20, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

With over 2100 votes cast, Graham claimed 27% of the count to lead the rest of his teammates, with Martin falling 80 votes and 2% short of his fellow midfielder.

Defensive duo Nick Vlastuin (21%) and Grimes (17%) came next in the polls, with both seen as formidable options to take over the reins from Cotchin.

With forward duo Tom Lynch and Jack Riewoldt also seen as potential options to take on the captaincy duties, with the former having previously led Gold Coast during his time in Queensland, the "other" option landed 7% of the voting.

Lastly, 2020 best and fairest winner Jayden Short collected 4% of the votes to round out the six options.

Cotchin was appointed as Richmond skipper at the end of his fifth season with the Tigers, with Graham currently at the same point in his career, however his potential predecessor amassed a stunning record of personal accolades prior to the 2013 season.

A Brownlow Medal-winning campaign (which was awarded after Bomber Jobe Watson was stripped of the honour), an AFLCA Champion Player of the Year Award, an All-Australian blazer and two Jack Dyer Medals had been claimed prior to Cotchin's maiden match as skipper, with Graham's own list of honours currently paling in comparison.

The 23-year-old has shown plenty of promise however, claiming second place in Richmond's best and fairest standings this year and having a key role in two of the Tigers' recent grand final victories.

Whether the Tigers look toward the South Australian as their next captain remains to be seen, but a position in Hardwick's leadership group would not be out of place for the hard-nosed onballer.

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