The duo rang left a voice message to the Tigers recruiting team at 3am, calling from Tasmania at Jack Riewoldt’s wedding in late 2017.
“I thought fleetingly about potentially a year somewhere else,” Riewoldt told SEN’s Whateley.
“At 3am, Alex Rance and I called up Richmond’s head of recruiting and left a voicemail, I think it was a six-minute voicemail which he might still have, talking about how I should come across to Tigerland for just one year and play in the forward line with Jack (Riewoldt).
“I’d played on Rancey about a month before the end of the season and played pretty well on him. I was pleading my case and Rancey was endorsing it saying: ‘He did this when he played, and he did that. The proof and the body of work’s there – let’s get it done’.
“Then we just forgot about it the next day. I think within the first 15 seconds of the voicemail he would have realised what was happening.
“They went and got Tom Lynch, so they did a bit better there.”